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Title: George R. Morse to Walt Whitman, 21 March 1890

Date: March 21, 1890

Whitman Archive ID: loc.03260

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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Iowa Central Railway Co.
Rooms 63 & 64,
47 Wall St.
New York,
Mar. 21st 18 90.

Dear Mr. Whitman.

I cannot ask of one whom I admire so much the favor below stated without enclosing some compensation, which, if you cannot accept you may use for "sweet charity's sake" in any manner your dear heart prompts.

I go straight to my subject. Do not call me an autograph fiend. I do not approach you in a roundabout way but simply ask if you will, kindly, at your leisure, write me out on good paper, one side only, so that I may frame it with your portrait for my library walls, what you consider one of your best shorter poems, and kindly sign and date. Is this asking too much?

Very Respectfully yours,
Geo. R. Morse

Little is known about George R. Morse. He served as the secretary and treasurer of the Iowa Central Railway Company, and held the same title as part of the Reorganization Committee for the Railway Company.


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