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

Date: May 8, 1879

Whitman Archive ID: loc.04039

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

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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, 1879, 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, 1879, Whitman received from D. Nicholson $45 for the three articles. [back]


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