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Title: James B. Baldwin to Walt Whitman, 25 September 1889

Date: September 25, 1889

Whitman Archive ID: loc.02772

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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Harper & Brothers,
Educational Department.
Franklin Square, New York.
Sept 25th 1889.

Mr. Walt Whitman,
Camden, New Jersey,
Dear Sir:—

We take pleasure in sending you by this mail a copy of our new Fifth Reader,1 published today, which we beg you will accept with our compliments.

Trusting that you will be pleased with its contents, and thanking you for the kind aid received from you in permitting the use of your poem, we are

Very truly Yours,
Harper & Brothers.
J. Baldwin—

James B. Baldwin (1841–1925) was originally from Hamilton County, Indiana, where he was a public school teacher from 1865 to 1869. In 1873, he helped establish a public school system and a public library in Huntington. In 1884, he published a textbook on English literature and began working in the Education Department at Harper and Brothers in 1887. The author of more than fifty titles, he also edited the five-volume Harper's Readers and the three-volume Harper's School Speakers. From 1894 until 1924, he was an editor with the American Book Company.


1. Harper's Fifth Reader (1889) reprinted Whitman's "O Captain! My Captain! (431–432), with a short biographical note (p. 509). [back]


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