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Title: James M. Scovel to Walt Whitman, 6 October 1890

Date: October 6, 1890

Whitman Archive ID: loc.03753

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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Friday1

Dear Walt

I dont know but what you had better let me (instead of little Albright2) get up that W.W article for Lippincott They want it soon


J M S . .


Correspondent:
James Matlock Scovel (1833–1904) began to practice law in Camden in 1856. During the Civil War he was in the New Jersey legislature, and became a colonel in 1863. He campaigned actively for Horace Greeley in 1872, and was a special agent for the U.S. Treasury during Chester Arthur's administration. In the 1870s Whitman frequently went to Scovel's home for Sunday breakfast, as he did on December 2 and 9, 1877 (Whitman's Commonplace Book, Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.). For a description of these breakfasts, see Walt Whitman's Diary in Canada, ed. William Sloane Kennedy (Boston: Small, Maynard, 1904), 59–60. For Scovel, see George R. Prowell's The History of Camden County, New Jersey (Philadelphia: L. J. Richards, 1886).

Notes:

1. This letter is addressed: Walt Whitman | 238 Mickle | Camden NJ. It is postmarked: CAMDEN, N.J. | OCT 6 | 6 AM | 90. [back]

2. Little is known of Albright, who is mentioned several times in Horace Traubel's With Walt Whitman in Camden; he was apparently associated with the Philadelphia Public Ledger[back]


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