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Title: Isaac Markens to Walt Whitman, 20 March 1889

Date: March 20, 1889

Whitman Archive ID: loc.03245

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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THE MAIL AND EXPRESS,
NEW YORK.
March 20th, 1889.

To, Walt Whitman Esq
Camden N.J.
Dear Sir:—

Will you oblige the editor of the New York Mail and Express1 with an opinion, no matter how brief, on George Washington;2 to be published in a mammoth memorial edition on April 30th, the Centennial Anniversary of his inauguration as President. (50 words would suffice)

A few other leaders of public thought and opinion in America and Europe have also been asked for their opinion on the same subject.

It will be a great favor, and will make the symposium valuable from an historical point of view.

The MAIL AND EXPRESS,
Per
Isaac Markens


Correspondent:
Isaac Markens (1846–1928) was an American writer, journalist, and newspaper editor, and the author of The Hebrews in America (1888), one of the earliest works tracing American Jewish history.

Notes:

1. The Mail and Express was the publisher of the Evening Mail, a New York City daily newspaper that traced its origins to the 1836 founding of the New York Daily Express ("Mail & Express Company records 1904–1920," Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library). [back]

2. There is no record of Whitman having written the requested piece on Washington. [back]


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