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Title: Walt Whitman to Whitelaw Reid, 18 July 1876

Date: July 18, 1876

Source: The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 3:54. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Location: The Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

Whitman Archive ID: loc.02839

Contributors to digital file: Kenneth M. Price, Elizabeth Lorang, Kathryn Kruger, Zachary King, and Eric Conrad

431 Stevens st.
Camden N Jersey
July 18 '76

My dear Reid,

The cheque has reached me $10. as pay for the little poem1—Thanks—I enclose a ¶ for the "Personals"—if thought proper.2

Walt Whitman


1. "A Death-Sonnet for Custer" (see Whitman's July 7, 1876 letter to Whitelaw Reid). [back]

2. The "Personal," which appeared on July 19, 1876, was a sentimental account of the death of Walt Whitman's nephew; see Studies in Bibliography, 8 (1956), 244–245. According to Richard Maurice Bucke, Walt Whitman (Philadelphia: David McKay, 1883) (55n.), the notice appeared in the Philadelphia Public Ledger on July 20, 1876. [back]


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