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Title: Talcott Williams to Walt Whitman, [20 May 1887]

Date: [May 20, 1887]

Whitman Archive ID: loc.04486

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, "T. Williams," is in an unknown hand.

Contributors to digital file: Marie Ernster, Amanda J. Axley, Paige Wilkinson, and Stephanie Blalock

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Friday. A.M.

My dear Mr. Whitman

The Asherah, the little club of which I spoke to you,1 goes tomorrow Saturday May 21 to Gloucester. We shall go down in a tug, leaving Spruce at wharf at 5 P.M. We will call for you at any Camden wharf, if you will go down on the tug or will you meet us? If this reaches you Friday, a letter will reach me, but I think you had better telegraph to the office any way. I hope you can go by tug or [trace?]—one way or the other. You will like the boys, they will adore you and it will do you and us good all around

Talcott Williams

Talcott Williams (1849–1928) was associated with the New York Sun and World as well as the Springfield Republican before he became the editor of the Philadelphia Press in 1879. His newspaper vigorously defended Whitman in news articles and editorials after the Boston censorship of 1882. For more information about Williams, see Philip W. Leon, "Williams, Talcott (1849–1928)," Walt Whitman: An Encyclopedia, ed. J.R. LeMaster and Donald D. Kummings (New York: Garland Publishing, 1998).


1. See the letter from Williams to Whitman of April 15, 1886[back]


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