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Title: Walt Whitman to the Editor of the New York Graphic, 21 May 1881

Date: May 21, 1885

Whitman Archive ID: loc.03237

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.

Notes for this letter were created by Whitman Archive staff and/or were derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller, 6 vols. (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), and supplemented or updated by Whitman Archive staff.

Editorial note: The annotation, "SS," is in an unknown hand.

Contributors to digital file: Stefan Schöberlein and Kyle Barton

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328 Mickle street
Camden New Jersey
May 21

Dear Sir1

As I have lost the address of the young man2 who call'd upon me yesterday from your paper, & to whom I promised some pictures and memoranda, I send them directly to you—If I can furnish you with any thing else, or any information I shall be happy to do so—

Walt Whitman

the best likeness in my opinion is the big photo—

As yet we have no information about this correspondent.


1. The following letter was written to the editor of the New York Daily Graphic, which in a birthday tribute on May 31 printed part of it in facsimile as well as two portraits of Whitman and sketches by T. A. Teraud of Mickle Street and the Huntington birthplace. [back]

2. Perhaps Andrew E. Murphy, described in Whitman's Commonplace Book as "the attaché [of the Daily Graphic] who wrote to me May '85." [back]


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