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Title: Walt Whitman to George Collins Cox, 23 June 1889

Date: June 23, 1889

Whitman Archive ID: loc.01412

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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Camden New Jersey
June 23 '891

If convenient please give the bearer, for the Photo: Process Co: for me, the negative of the photo: my head (with hat) I call "the laughing Philosopher"—to be carefully cared for & return'd to you in a month or less.


Walt Whitman


Correspondent:
George Collins "G. C." Cox (1851–1903) was a well-known celebrity photographer who had taken photographs of Whitman when the poet was in New York for a lecture. "The Laughing Philosopher," one of the most famous photographs of Whitman, was taken by Cox in 1887. It is reproduced in Specimen Days (1971), plate 174.

Notes:

1. This letter is addressed: Mr Cox | photographer | Broadway & Ninth st: | New York City [back]


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