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Title: The Editors of The Youth's Companion to Walt Whitman, 14 January 1891

Date: January 14, 1891

Whitman Archive ID: loc.04511

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, "see notes | april 10 | 1891," is in the hand of Horace Traubel.

Contributors to digital file: Blake Bronson-Bartlett, Ian Faith, Alex Ashland, and Stephanie Blalock

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Editorial Rooms.
The Youth's Companion.
Boston, Mass.1
Jan 14th, 1891

Dear Sir,

We are very glad you have sent "Ship Ahoy!"2 to The Companion, for it breathes a spirit which it is a pleasure to help in spreading, with our hearty thanks for it, in hope you will accept Messrs. Perry Mason & Co's cheque for fifteen dollars ($15.00) in payment for the manuscript. Copies of the paper containing the lines will be sent you when they appear.

Believe us,
Faithfully yours,
The Editors.

Walt Whitman Esq.
328 Mickle Street
Camden. N.J.

The Youth's Companion, a weekly magazine for families and children, was founded by Nathaniel Willis in 1827. During its more than one-hundred-year run, the magazine published contributions by Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. For more on the Youth's Companion, see Susan Belasco, Youth's Companion.


1. This letter is addressed: Walt Whitman Esq | 328: Mickle Street | Camden | N.J. It is postmarked: Boston. Mass | Jan 17 | 6– PM | 1891; [illegible] | MA [illegible] | 91 | MA2 | 1891 | [illegible]; [illegible] | 9AM | 1891 | Rec'd. [back]

2. Whitman's poem "Ship Ahoy!" was published in the March 12, 1891, issue of the Youth's Companion[back]


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