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Title: Walt Whitman to the Editors of the Critic, 27 July 1886

Date: July 27, 1886

Whitman Archive ID: loc.01416

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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328 Mickle street1
Camden New Jersey
July 27 '86

My dear friends

If you can use this,2 the price would be $10—and 20 slips from the proof, after correction. Send me proof here, & I will return forthwith.

Walt Whitman

To Editors Personal

The editor of the Critic from 1881 to 1906 was Jeannette Leonard Gilder (1849–1916), who wrote that "one of the things of which I am most proud is that the Critic was the first publication of its class to invite Walt Whitman to contribute to its pages" (Charles N. Elliot, Walt Whitman as Man, Poet, and Friend [Boston: Richard G. Badger, The Gorham Press, 1915], 97). She was assisted in her editorial work by her brother Joseph Benson Gilder (1858–1936). For more information, see Susan L. Roberson, "Gilder, Jeannette L. (1849–1916)," Walt Whitman: An Encyclopedia, ed. J.R. LeMaster and Donald D. Kummings (New York: Garland Publishing, 1998).


1. This letter is addressed: Editors | Critic | weekly paper | 20 Astor Place | New York City. The return address is: Walt Whitman | Camden | New Jersey. It is postmarked: CAMDEN | JUL | 27 | 4 30 PM | 1886 | N.J.; D | 7-27-86 | 7 P | N.Y. [back]

2. The next poem by Whitman to appear in The Critic was "Yonnodio" in the November 1887 issue. [back]


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