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Title: Walt Whitman to James Knowles, 23 May 1885

Date: May 23, 1885

Whitman Archive ID: loc.03198

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 notes: The annotations, "Sent James Knowles May 23 '85," and "Navesink printed in Nineteenth Century Aug: '85," are in the hand of Walt Whitman.

Contributors to digital file: Alex Kinnaman, Ian Faith, Kyle Barton, and Nicole Gray

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Dear Sir1

I see you sometimes (exceptionally) print poems in the Nineteenth. Could you use the herewith? It is intended to make up in two pages. I have had it put in type for my own convenience, and greater exactness. The price is $150.

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.


1. This is a draft letter from Whitman to Knowles. A final draft has not been recovered. [back]


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