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Title: Ellen Galusha Smith to Walt Whitman, 11 March 1887

Date: March 11, 1887

Whitman Archive ID: loc.03702

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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Peoria, Ill. Mar. 11, '87

Dear Mr. Whitman:

The evening's readings, skeletonized in the enclosed slip, were given by an ardent lover of both of us—my husband. He was called away from home immediately after the occasion described, and asked me to forward a review of the evening to you—the occasion of it, and I take pleasure in complying with his request both for his sake and yours.

Sincerely your friend—in the spirit,
Mrs. Wm Hawley Smith

Ellen Galusha Smith (1849–1922) was an American painter and poet. She was the wife of William Hawley Smith (1845–1943), a writer of early science-fiction stories. Apparently, the couple met Whitman late in his life—an event that William Hawley Smith recorded in his 1909 "A Visit To Walt Whitman" (reprinted in Whitman in His Own Time, ed. Joel Myerson [Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2000], 227).


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