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Title: Richard Monckton Milnes, Lord Houghton to Walt Whitman, 3 November 1875

Date: November 3, 1875

Whitman Archive ID: loc.01732

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, "Lord Houghton Nov. '75," is in the hand of Walt Whitman. The annotation, "see notes Sept 12 1888," is in the hand of Horace Traubel.

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York Farm,
Philadelphia, Pa.
Nov. 3d, 1875.1

Lord Houghton proposes to visit Mr Whitman next Saturday Nov 6th & would be obliged to him to inform him what hour would be the most convenient

Richard Monckton Milnes (1809–1885), Lord Houghton, was an intimate of Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809–1892) and William Makepeace Thackeray (1811–1863), as well as a poet. He was a collector of famous people; in Dictionary of National Biography he is characterized as "eminently a dilettante" (New York: Macmillan and Co., 1894), 21. Houghton wrote to Joaquin Miller on September 1, 1875, from Chicago: "Please give my best regards to Mr Whitman." On September 5, 1875, Miller informed Whitman that he was trying to arrange a meeting with Lord Houghton. Houghton himself wrote to Whitman on September 27, 1875, and proposed a visit at the end of October or early in November. See In Re Walt Whitman (1893), ed. Horace L. Traubel, Richard Maurice Bucke, and Thomas B. Harned, 36; and Harold Blodgett, Walt Whitman in England (1934), 141–143.


1. This letter is addressed: Walt Whitman | 431 Stevens St. | —corner West. | Camden | N. Jersey. It is postmarked: Philad'a | Nov 4 | W | PA. [back]


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