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Title: M. H. Spielmann to Walt Whitman, 30 November 1887

Date: November 30, 1887

Whitman Archive ID: loc.03941

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, "see notes Aug 26 & 31 '88," is in the hand of Horace Traubel.

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La Belle Sauvage,
Ludgate Hill.
London, E.C.
30 Nov: 1887
Walt Whitman Esq:
328 Mickle Street,
New Jersey.


Having added the Editorship of this Magazine to my duties on the Pall Mall Gazette my thoughts at once turned to you, in the hope that you would let me have a poem for publication in this very widely circulated serial.

Will you have the Kindness to inform me if you have such a poem by you—not too long—& unpublished, of course—&, preferably, one which would lend itself to illustration? And also on what terms you would let me have such a poem? And, if you haven't this, if you could write one?

Awaiting the favor of your reply, & in the hope that your health is in a satisfactory condition.1

I am, Sir,
Faithfully yours,
M. H. Spielmann, Editor

I send a copy of the magazine herewith for you to judge of.

Marion Harry Alexander Spielmann (1858–1948) was an English editor, art critic, and scholar who edited both The Conoisseur and Magazine of Art (1887–1904). He was a major figure in British debates about developments in modern art. He also founded the weekly periodical Black and White in 1891. Black and White: A Weekly Illustrated Record and Review was a British weekly that published many well-known writers.


1. Whitman sent his poem "Twenty Years," which came out the next year accompanied by elaborate illustrations. [back]


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