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Title: Fred R. Guernsey to Walt Whitman, 26 May 1882

Date: May 26, 1882

Whitman Archive ID: loc.02119

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.

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R. M. Pulsifier,
E. B. Haskell,
C. H. Andrews.
The Herald,
May 26 1882

Dear Walt Whitman:

I thank you heartily for the "little picture." It shall have a place of honor on my walls at home where you are read and loved.

The Massachusetts bigots have succeeded, in their persecution of "Leaves of Grass," in arranging against themselves the best portion of our community. I should not want to leave to my children the name of a Stevens or a Marston.

There is no need of telling you that your friends here are with you cordially. I enclose you editorial scraps and an interview I had with Oscar Wilde in which I drew him out on "Leaves of Grass."

Let me hear from you once in a while.

Your friend
Fred R Guernsey.

Say, friend Walt: Will you not write a note to our editor in chief Mr. E. B. Haskell in acknowledgment of his defense of you?1


1. This segment of the letter, apparently added later, Guernsey wrote in pencil. [back]


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