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Title: William R. Hearst to Walt Whitman, 21 December 1890

Date: December 21, 1890

Whitman Archive ID: loc.02255

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.

Contributors to digital file: Blake Bronson-Bartlett, Ian Faith, Alex Ashland, and Stephanie Blalock

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Form No. 1.
This Company TRANSMITS and DELIVERS messages only on conditions limiting its liability, which have been assented to by the sender of the following message.
Errors can be guarded against only by repeating a message back to the sending station for comparison, and the company will not hold itself liable for errors or delays in transmission or delivery of Unrepeated Messages, beyond the amount of tolls paid thereon, nor in any case where the claim is not presented in writing within sixty days after sending the message.
This is an UNREPEATED MESSAGE, and is delivered by request of the sender, under the conditions named above.
THOS. T. ECKERT, General Manager.
NORVIN GREEN, President.
Number |
1 ny
Sent By | ml
Rec'd By | a
Check | 20 paid N.P. 8.04 a
Received at
Decm 18901
Dated San Fran Calif 21

To Walt Whitman
Camden N.J.

Will you kindly favor Examiner By telegraph collect with you prediction what from present indications likely to be most important event that will happen in 1891

W.R. Hearst

William R. Hearst (1863–1951) was a businessman and newspaper publisher who developed Hearst Communications, which was the largest newspaper and media company in the United States. Hearst, a Democrat, was also twice elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.


1. The date of this telegraph may be "Dec 22 1890," but the handwriting is too unclear to say with complete certainty. "Dec 22 1890" is a compelling reading of the holograph since the "Dated" section below it is inscribed with "San Fran Calif" ends with "21." [back]


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