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Title: Walt Whitman to John H. Ingram, 7 September [1876]

Date: September 7, [1876]

Whitman Archive ID: loc.02359

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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Camden, New Jersey—US America
Sept 71

I send you to-day by mail, to same address as this card, my Volume, Two Rivulets.2 Please let me know (by postal card will do) soon as it reaches you safely3

W Whitman

John Henry Ingram (1842–1916), an English editor, collector, and biographer, wrote several memoirs about Edgar Allan Poe, largely in opposition to a Poe memoir written in 1850 by Rufus W. Griswold, which Ingram deemed inaccurate and filled with lies. Ingram also wrote critical studies of Thomas Chatterton and Christopher Marlowe. For more on Ingram, see John Carl Miller, "John Henry Ingram: Editor, Biographer, and Collector of Poe Materials," in A Guide to John Henry Ingram's Poe Collection at the University of Virginia, Special Collections, University of Virginia Library, Charlottesville, Va. (2015).


1. This postal card is addressed: J H Ingram | Howard House | Stoke Newington | London N England. It is postmarked: CAMDEN | SEP | 7 | N.J. [Philadelphia] PA. | SEP | 8 | [illegible] | London | CA | [illegible] 76 | Paid.  [back]

2. Published as a "companion volume" to the 1876 Author's edition of Leaves of Grass, Two Rivulets consisted of an "intertwining of the author's characteristic verse, alternated throughout with prose," as one critic from the The New York Daily Tribune wrote on February 19, 1876 (4). For more information on Two Rivulets, see Frances E. Keuling-Stout, "Two Rivulets, Author's Edition [1876]" and "Preface to Two Rivulets [1876]," Walt Whitman: An Encyclopedia, ed. J.R. LeMaster and Donald D. Kummings (New York: Garland Publishing, 1998). [back]

3. A reply from Ingram has not been located. [back]


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