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Title: Lorenz Reich to Walt Whitman, 17 November 1885

Date: November 17, 1885

Whitman Archive ID: loc.03555

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 note: The annotation, "ans'd," is in the hand of Walt Whitman.

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Nov 17th 1885

Mr. Walt Whitman
Esteemed Sir,

Will you permit me to offer you, as emphasizing my appreciation of the melodies you have sung for the lovers of poesy, a golden fluid which symbolizes the health of pray that Providence will vouchsafe you for many years to come, as is this wine of Hungary to the lovers of nectar, so are your nuggets of imagery to the devotees of genius, and, in tendering it to you, I beg you will consider that its every drop distills something of the warm appreciation your exceptional creations have kindled in my breast. With assurances of fervent regard

Ever Yours Cordially
Lorenz Reich

Lorenz Reich (1848–1931) was an importer of Hungarian wine in New York City. He made a practice of sending complimentary cases of wine to individuals he admired. The archive of letters of thanks at the New York Historical Society includes appreciative replies from Robert Browning, Samuel Clemens, Grover Cleveland, Ulysses S. Grant, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and John Greenleaf Whittier, among others.


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