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Title: Walt Whitman to Whitelaw Reid, 8 May [1879]

Date: May 8, 1879

Source: The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1964), 3:153. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Location: The Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

Whitman Archive ID: loc.04039

Contributors to digital file: Alicia Bones, Grace Thomas, Eder Jaramillo, and Kevin McMullen

1309 Fifth av. near 86th st
Thursday afternoon
May 8

My Dear Reid

Can you use this for Saturday's paper?1 (Will make a column & a third or half about)—If put in type please have me the proof (which I will return forthwith) sent to-morrow afternoon any time before 7 o'clock to above address—

Walt Whitman


1. "Broadway Revisited" appeared in the New York Tribune on May 10, and, rearranged, in Specimen Days (ed. Floyd Stovall [New York: New York University Press, 1963], 16–21, 338–339). This was the first of three chatty (and, in the view of Edwin Haviland Miller, embarrassingly trite) letters Whitman submitted to the Tribune in May (Walt Whitman: The Correspondence [New York: New York University Press, 1961–77] 3:153 n39). See also the letter from Whitman to Whitelaw Reid of May 12, 1879. On May 29 Whitman received from D. Nicholson $45 for the three articles. [back]


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