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Title: Walt Whitman to M. H. Spielmann, 7 February 1888

Date: February 7, 1888

Whitman Archive ID: loc.03946

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.

Notes for this letter were created by Whitman Archive staff and/or were derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller, 6 vols. (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), and supplemented or updated by Whitman Archive staff.

Contributors to digital file: Ryan Furlong, Ian Faith, Stefan Schöberlein, and Stephanie Blalock

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Camden New Jersey US America1
Feb. 7 '88

Yours of Jan: 13 rec'd2—Of course the little "Twenty Years" has not been hitherto publish'd & will not be until after you issue it—No word nor money from y'r American agent or any one has reach'd me up to date—If convenient when the 20 is sent me, remit by P O money order, as that is most convenient to me.3

Walt Whitman

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. This postal card is addressed: M H Spielmann | Magazine of Art | La Belle Sauvage Ludgate Hill | London | E C | England. It is postmarked: Camden, N.J. | Feb (?) | 6 PM | 88. [back]

2. The letter appears to be lost. [back]

3. "Twenty Years" was published in the Pall Mall Gazette in July and in The Magazine of Art in August, with illustrations by Wal Paget that Whitman admired (See Horace Traubel, With Walt Whitman in Camden, Monday, August 13, 1888). [back]


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