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Title: Talcott Williams to Walt Whitman, 11 June 1886

Date: June 11, 1886

Whitman Archive ID: loc.04872

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, " From Talcott Williams June '86 (enclosing $8)," is in the hand of Walt Whitman.

Contributors to digital file: Alex Kinnaman, Stefan Schöberlein, Ian Faith, and Stephanie Blalock

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Ye Painte Shoppe,

June 11, 1886

My dear Walt Whitman:

Some weeks after I had made my last remittance to you1 I received $8 from a friend & admirer of yours Charles Leland Harrison.2 I have been hoping to bring it over; but I will put it off no longer and hand you the last fragment of the happiest help to another in which I have ever shared. Your postal cards were better than all the letters in the world. In joy and gratitude at the privilege of being one on whom you rely I am

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. Williams's last letter was of May 4, 1886[back]

2. Charles Leland Harrison (1861–1913) was an executive in a chemical and paint manufacturing company in Philadelphia; he attended Harvard University and wrote in a Harvard publication in 1909: "I regret to say I can claim no distinction in any public way, either literary, scientific, or political" (Class of 1883 Harvard College: Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Report of the Secretary, Report VII [Cambridge, MA: University Press, 1909]). [back]


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