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Title: Walt Whitman to William Reisdell, [13 April 1880]

Date: April 13, 1880

Whitman Archive ID: loc.03307

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.

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The bearer is a young friend of mine,1 Harry Stafford, who will do any thing appropriate to assist at the Lecture, Thursday evening2

Walt Whitman


1. This letter is addressed: William Reisdell | at the door Association | Hall, cor 15th & | Chestnut | Phila:. [back]

2. Whitman delivered "Death of Abraham Lincoln" at Association Hall, Philadelphia, on April 15. He sent the lecture to the Chicago Tribune and to the Cincinnati Commercial on April 13 (not published), and forwarded to many of his friends the account of the speech which appeared in the Camden Daily Post on April 16, the introductory paragraphs of which are quoted in Roy P. Basler's edition of Memoranda During the War [Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1962], 30–33). See also the letter from Whitman to John Burroughs of May 9, 1880[back]


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