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Title: Percy W. Thompson to Walt Whitman, 13 June 1888

Date: June 13, 1888

Whitman Archive ID: loc.04266

Source: The Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, DC. 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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U.S.S. "Dallas"
Portland, Maine.
June 13, 18881

Hon. Walt Whitman.
Dear Sir:

As a constant reader and ardent admirer of your poetry, will you kindly send me one of your autographs?

Very truly yours,
Percy W. Thompson, Lieut. U.S.R.N.

Percy Wallace Thompson (1858–1935?) was born in Washington D.C., and he attended the Virginia Military Institute and Columbian (now George Washington) University. He was a graduate of the Revenue-Cutter Service Academy in 1881 and was the commanding officer of the U.S.S. Corwin during the Spanish-American War. He wrote articles on the Revenue-Cutter service and on maritime history for several publications, including Scribner's Magazine, the New York Sun, and the Boston Herald (Albert Nelson Marquis, ed., The Book of Chicagoans: A Biographical Dictionary of Leading Living Men of the City of Chicago, Vol. 2 [Chicago: A.N. Marquis & Company, 1911], 669).


1. Thompson enclosed blank sheet of stationery and a self-addressed stamped envelope with his request for Whitman's autograph. The envelope is addressed: Lieut. Percy W. Thompson, | U.S.S. "Dallas," | Portland, | Maine[back]


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