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Title: Walt Whitman to Whitelaw Reid, 18 July 1876

Date: July 18, 1876

Whitman Archive ID: loc.02839

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

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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