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Title: Charles F. Sloane to Walt Whitman, 23 June 1888

Date: June 23, 1888

Whitman Archive ID: loc.03706

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, "Chas F. Sloane," is in the hand of Horace Traubel.

Contributors to digital file: Jeannette Schollaert, Ian Faith, Stefan Schöberlein, Caterina Bernardini, and Stephanie Blalock

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7 Hamilton Place,
Boston, Mass.
23d June 88.

Dear Mr Whitman,

I [illegible] to address you thus informally because I love your work

I want to ask if you can help me to find four little lines of yours that I saw last summer—perhaps in one of the monthlies.

I have hunted diligently for them but met no success.—I think they were called "Twilight": at all events they were of the Twilght, and several to trace a likeness between the fading day and your own declining years—They were very sweet, very tender, and the whole was a beautiful chord whose harmony still vibrates in me, but the notes of which I have lost.1

If I am asking too much, then pay no attention to me, for you must have many calls and demands upon your time.

I am a young man—a Californian—my home being in Los Angeles—

and always your steadfast admirer
Chas F. Sloane

Is there any list of your books—all of them—their prices, and where they may be found. Do you have time yourself at all, as I have heard?

As yet we have no information about this correspondent.


1. Whitman's three-line poem "Twilight" was published in the Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine in December 1887. [back]


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