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Title: Gleeson White to Walt Whitman, 2 November 1890

Date: November 2, 1890

Whitman Archive ID: loc.04853

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.

Notes for this letter were created by Whitman Archive staff and/or were derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller, 6 vols. (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), and supplemented or updated by Whitman Archive staff.

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74 Clinton Place
New York City
Nov 2. 1890

Dear Sir.

My friend Mr Stedman1 tells me that he thinks you would allow me to call on you. Since I left England it has been my greatest wish to have the great pleasure of seeing you that I hope to be able to roam over to Camden on Tuesday next for that purpose, and to thank you as one who has already found a friend in your works

faithfully yours
Gleeson White.

Joseph William Gleeson White (1851–1898) was an English critic and editor. He wrote extensively on the subjects of design, illustration, and book-binding. He also founded the periodical The Studio. He wrote English Illustration: The 1860s (1897), a study of Victorian book art, and he contributed to numerous periodicals and designed several book covers.


1. Edmund Clarence Stedman (1833–1908) was a man of diverse talents. He edited for a year the Mountain County Herald at Winsted, Connecticut, wrote "Honest Abe of the West," presumably Lincoln's first campaign song, and served as correspondent of the New York World from 1860 to 1862. In 1862 and 1863 he was a private secretary in the Attorney General's office until he entered the firm of Samuel Hallett and Company in September, 1863. The next year he opened his own brokerage office. He published many volumes of poems and was an indefatigable compiler of anthologies, among which were Poets of America, 2 vols. (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1885) and A Library of American Literature from the Earliest Settlement to the Present Time, 11 vols. (New York: C. L. Webster, 1889–90). For more, see Donald Yannella, "Stedman, Edmund Clarence (1833–1908)," Walt Whitman: An Encyclopedia, ed. J.R. LeMaster and Donald D. Kummings (New York: Garland Publishing, 1998). [back]


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