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Title: Charles William Dalmon to Walt Whitman, 27 September 1888

Date: September 27, 1888

Whitman Archive ID: loc.01437

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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S. S. City of Berlin
"Inman Line"
Jersey City

Dear Sir

Today I was coming to Camden full of hope that I might see you but I have not enough money to pay my railway fare to and from Camden. I am only a steward on the City of Berlin—you will see me? Yes—you are good—may I come to see you when my ship returns in about a month? The City of Berlin sails early on Saturday the 29th—may I hope for a few words from you before she sails—I cannot write the things I would write to you—I could not speak the words I would wish to speak—but if I could see your face—if I could hear your voice! I hope—Will you accept my "Minutiæ."1 Will you—if you are able—write to me.

I am
Charles William Dalmon

c/o Duggan & Co
34 James Street

Charles William Dalmon (1862—1938) was a British poet and a contributor to The Yellow Book, an 1890s British literary magazine edited by Henry Harland. Dalmon also published in American magazines, including The Living Age.


1. Perhaps Dalmon was sending Whitman the manuscript of Minutiæ, his first book of poems, eventually published in 1892. [back]


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