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Title: Walt Whitman to Josiah Child, 17 December 1882

Date: December 17, 1882

Whitman Archive ID: loc.01270

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.

Notes for this letter were created by Whitman Archive staff and/or were derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller, 6 vols. (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), and supplemented or updated by Whitman Archive staff.

Contributors to digital file: Stefan Schoeberlein, Nima Najafi Kianfar, Eder Jaramillo, and Nicole Gray

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Camden New Jersey U S America1
Dec: 17 '82—

Real thanks for your thought & deed in sending me "Nineteenth Century" criticism—you have probably seen my new prose jumble, "Specimen Days" but I forward you, (same mail with this) a special family copy different from the general edition—The other copy accompanying it, would you do me the favor to see if you can find G C Macaulay, the writer of criticism in the N C—& send to him?2 I am now well again as usual—

Walt Whitman


1. This post card is addressed: Josiah Child | at Trübner & Co's: | 57 & 59 Ludgate Hill | London England. It is postmarked: Camden | (?) | 17 | 8 PM | N.J.; E 7 | London (?) | Ja (?) | 83. [back]

2. Macaulay's review of Leaves of Grass appeared in The Nineteenth Century, 12 (December 1882), 903–918. Despite some reservations, Macaulay's was a fair and judicious essay; he particularly admired "Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking" and "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd." [back]


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