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Title: William Gardner Barton to Walt Whitman, 12 November 1876

Date: November 12, 1876

Whitman Archive ID: loc.01603

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.

Editorial notes: The annotation, "circ sent," is in the hand of Walt Whitman.

Related items: A line has been drawn in ink through this autograph request. Whitman pasted this letter to a November 11, 1876, autograph request from W. A Stagg that has been cut into two pieces. He has pasted half of Stagg's letter to the bottom of Barton's note and the other half of Stagg's letter to the top. Whitman then used the backs of all of these letters to compose a draft of his November 21, 1876, letter to Robert Buchanan. See loc.02844.

Contributors to digital file: Amanda J. Axley, Marie Ernster, Erel Michaelis, and Stephanie Blalock

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Salem, Mass.
Nov. 12 —1876.

My dear Sir;—

Will you kindly favor me with your autograph, to go in company with others famous in word and deed.

Yours resp
Wm Gardner Barton

W. Whitman Esq.

William Gardner Barton (1851–1890) was a writer and naturalist whose writings were featured in the collection Songs and Saunterings (Salem, MA: The Salem Press Publishing & Printing Co., 1892).


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