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Title: Joseph Marshall Stoddart to Walt Whitman, 29 April 1890

Date: April 29, 1890

Whitman Archive ID: loc.04669

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, "1890," is in an unknown hand.

Contributors to digital file: Blake Bronson-Bartlett, Ryan Furlong, Breanna Himschoot, and Stephanie Blalock

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April 29th,

Walt Whitman,
Dear Mr. Whitman:—

Herewith enclose check for Sixty Dollars ($60.00) in payment for the four poems entitled "Sounds of Winter, Unexpressed, The Sunset Breeze, After the Argument.2

Kindly acknowledge the safe receipt of this check and oblige

Yours very truly,
J.M. Stoddart

Joseph Marshall Stoddart (1845–1921) published Stoddart's Encyclopaedia America, established Stoddart's Review in 1880, which was merged with The American in 1882, and became the editor of Lippincott's Monthly Magazine in 1886. On January 11, 1882, Whitman received an invitation from Stoddart through J. E. Wainer, one of his associates, to dine with Oscar Wilde on January 14 (Clara Barrus, Whitman and Burroughs—Comrades [Boston, New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1931], 235n).


1. The writer of the letter does not fill in the complete year, but this letter has been endorsed "1890" in an unknown hand. [back]

2. These four pieces were published under the title of "Old Age Echoes" in Lippincott's Magazine in March 1891. [back]


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