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Title: James Knowles to Walt Whitman, 20 August 1884

Date: August 20, 1884

Whitman Archive ID: loc.03197

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.

Editorial note: The annotation, "from Editor Nineteenth Century," is in the hand of Walt Whitman.

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Queen Anne's Lodge,
St James's Park. S. W.
20th Aug 1884

Dear Sir /

I am very much obliged by your kind offer of the little M.S. on "What lurks behind Shakespeare's Historical Plays?" & greatly regret that its extreme brevity renders it hardly suitable as an article for the XIXth Century.

I return it accordingly herewith but in the hope that you may see your way to amplify the treatment beyond its present limits of a mere hint or suggestion, & give it the importance by way of illustration & proof which the subject deserves. Hoping to hear again from you & thanking you cordially for writing to me at all, I remain

Yours very truly
James Knowles

Walt Whitman Esq

James Thomas Knowles (1831–1908) was the editor of The Nineteenth Century, a leading British monthly magazine, in which "Fancies at Navesink" was published on August 18, 1885. He was also an architect and the founder of the Metaphysical Society, dedicated to discovering common ground between science and religion.


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