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Title: Walt Whitman to John Harrison Littlefield, 1 December 1868

Date: December 1, 1868

Whitman Archive ID: loc.01681

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

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Attorney General's Office,
Dec. 1, 1868.

Mr. Littlefield.
Dear Sir:1

I have been very much occupied, since I saw you—& wish you to accept my apoligies for not coming to see you, & sit, &c. I appreciate your courtesy, & invitation—& hope to be soon more at leisure, & in the vein for sitting.

Walt Whitman


1. John Harrison Littlefield (1835–1902) advertised himself in the Washington Directory of 1869 as an artist and publisher; see also Daniel Trowbridge Mallett's Mallett's Index of Artists (New York: Peter Smith, 1948). The Republican publishers of the Washington Daily Morning Chronicle in 1868 were offering to new subscribers Littlefield's steel engraving of Grant. [back]


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