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Title: Will Carleton to Walt Whitman, 27 April 1889

Date: April 27, 1889

Whitman Archive ID: loc.01227

Source: The Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. Transcribed from digital images or a microfilm reproduction of the original item. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

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420, Greene Ave., Brooklyn,
April 27, 1889.

Dear Mr. Whitman:—

I have thought of you often since my call upon you the other day (and before, too, for that matter), and felt, that although I have a copy of your works in my library, I would like one from you Enclosed find ten dollars for one (never mind the change). Please mail it to above address. Give me your "hand write" in it if convenient.

In talking with the present Editor of the Brooklyn Eagle, the other evening, I learned that you used to be the Editor of that paper. They will have a jubilee soon on the occasion of some anniversary, and, I hope, will acknowledge their obligations to you for giving them a good lift in days agone.

With kind regards and love—

Yours sincerely,
Will Carleton

William McKendree Carleton (1845–1912), an American poet, was born in Hudson, Michigan, and attended Hillsdale College. He worked for newspapers early in his writing career and went on to author several books of poetry, including Rifts in the Cloud (1869) and Over the Hill to the Poorhouse (1872).


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