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Title: Walt Whitman to Henry M. Alden, [November 1873]

Date: November (?) 1873

Whitman Archive ID: loc.01720

Source: The Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 2:259. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Contributors to digital file: Kenneth M. Price, Elizabeth Lorang, Kathryn Kruger, Zachary King, and Eric Conrad


Please find herewith another poem2 I have written, the "Prayer of Columbus," which I offer for the magazine. If accepted send me word here, & a proof when ready—otherwise, please return me the MS. My price is $60—same reservation as before & same obligation on my part3


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2. Draft letter.

Whitman refers here to "Song of the Redwood-Tree," offered in Whitman's November 2, 1873 letter to Alden, editor of Harper's New Monthly Magazine[back]

3. Alden accepted the poem for Harper's New Monthly Magazine on December 1, 1873; it appeared in March 1874, 48 (1874), 524–525. [back]


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