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Title: Walt Whitman to Talcott Williams, 6 March 1888

Date: March 6, 1888

Whitman Archive ID: loc.04877

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.

Contributors to digital file: Blake Bronson-Bartlett, Ryan Furlong, Ian Faith, and Stephanie Blalock

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March 61

I write a line to say—Don't forget (if convenient) to look over the Herald "personal intelligence" column for the little pieces–especially the H of last ten days, including Sunday H2


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. This postal card is addressed: Talcott Williams | office Press newspaper | Phila:. It is postmarked: Camden, N.J. | Mar 6 | 8 PM | 88. [back]

2. On March 2, 1888, Whitman had sent a bill to the New York Herald; for a draft of this letter, see the letter from Whitman to the Editors of the Herald, of March 1, 1888. See also Whitman's letter to Bucke dated January 24, 1888, especially note 6. Whitman published over thirty pieces in the Herald in 1888; for a complete investigation of Whitman's close publishing relationship with the New York Herald in 1888, see Elizabeth Lorang, "'Two More Throws against Oblivion': Walt Whitman and the New York Herald in 1888," Walt Whitman Quarterly Review 25 (Spring 2008), 167–191. [back]


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