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Title: Walt Whitman to S. S. McClure, 6 August 1887

Date: August 6, 1887

Whitman Archive ID: loc.03106

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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328 Mickle Street
Camden New Jersey1
Aug: 6 '87

I have rec'd your kind proposition—Yes, if I compose anything fit for your purposes I will send you—but I am disabled & unwell more than half the time & cannot be relied on—Do not for the present put my name on your printed list of contributors—

Walt Whitman

Samuel Sidney McClure (1857–1949) was an investigative journalist who in 1884 established the first newspaper syndicate in the United States, which occasionally solicited and published work by Whitman; later, he co-founded McClure's Magazine, which published work by Whitman posthumously.


1. This letter is addressed: S S McClure | Tribune Building | New York City. It is postmarked: Camden, N.J. | Aug [illegible] | 8 PM | 87; P.O. | 8-6-87 | [illegible] | N.Y. [back]


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