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Title: Sam Walter Foss to Walt Whitman, 26 May 1884

Date: May 26, 1884

Whitman Archive ID: loc.02050

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, "SW Foss," is in an unknown hand. The annotation, "see notes Aug 26 & 30, '88," is in the hand of Horace Traubel.

Contributors to digital file: Alex Ashland, Stefan Schöberlein, and Nicole Gray

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A Literary and Political Newspaper.
SMYTHE & FOSS, Publishers.
Lynn, Mass.
May 26 1884

Mr. Walt Whitman:
Dear Sir,

I send you with this letter two copies of our paper, both containing notices of your poems. Permit me to thank you warmly for the great inspiration I have received from the reading of Leaves of Grass. In my opinion, it marks a new era in American Literature; and is to stand out more and more prominently, as time advances, as the distinctively American book

Most Respectfully,
S. W. Foss

Sam Walter Foss (1858–1911) was an American poet and editorial writer for the Boston Globe. In 1887 he became the editor of the Yankee Blade.


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