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Title: George Wagner to Walt Whitman, 12 May [1890]

Date: May 12, [1890]

Whitman Archive ID: loc.04653

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.

Related item: This letter from George Wagner has been crossed out. On the other side, Whitman wrote a letter to his younger sister Hannah Whitman Heyde, which is dated July 30, 1890. See loc.04777.

Contributors to digital file: Cristin Noonan, Amanda J. Axley, Paige Wilkinson, and Stephanie Blalock

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New Ulm, Minn,
May 12.

Dear Sir:

Will the most pleasing poet of our nation do an ardent admirer the extreme favor of presenting him with his autograph.

Your obedient servant,
George Wagner.

The correspondent may be the George Wagner (1873–1954) who was born in 1873 in Minnesota. He was the son of Carl Wagner (1830–1911)—a dealer in furniture—and Ernestine Fenske Wagner (1839–1915); the family lived in New Ulm, Minnesota.


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