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Title: Edward F. Strickland, Jr. to Walt Whitman, 7 April 1876

Date: April 7, 1876

Whitman Archive ID: loc.01959

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.

Related item: A line has been drawn through this letter, and Whitman used the verso to draft a letter he intended to send to numerous friends.

Contributors to digital file: Alex Kinnaman, Elizabeth Lorang, Eder Jaramillo, John Schwaninger, Ashley Lawson, Caterina Bernardini, Marie Ernster, Amanda J. Axley, and Stephanie Blalock

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April 7 1876

Mr. Walt Whitman
Respected Sir.

Will you please grant me the favor of your autograph. I have a large collection to which I earnestly desire to add your name, especially as I am trying to complete my list of the Poets and Authors of our country. I have your works, and should indeed Sir be very much obliged if you would grant the above request, and if not presuming and perfectly agreable to your wishes, I would thank you sincerely for a line or sentence other than the signature. I am Sir with sentiments of the highest consideration and respect

Very truly yours,
E. F. Strickland, Jr.

The correspondent is likely Edward F. Strickland, Jr., the son of the distinguished actor turned minister Edward F. Strickland. The family's autograph collection is held by the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Harvard Radcliffe Institute.


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