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Title: Talcott Williams to Walt Whitman, [22 April 1888]

Date: [April 22, 1888]

Whitman Archive ID: loc.04885

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 notes: The annotations, "T. Williams," and "Mrs T. Williams," are in the hand of Walt Whitman.

Contributors to digital file: Marie Ernster, Amanda J. Axley, and Stephanie Blalock

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Ye Painte Shoppe,

My dear Mr. Whitman

I enclose the only one of the Herald contributions I have recently seen. The one a week ago today I missed and have not yet got a copy.

Mrs. Louise Chandler Moulton2 who is in town is very anxious to present herself to you and unless you are not feeling well enough to see anyone, I shall bring her over tomorrow afternoon at about 3. If you are not quite up to it, you must telegraph me as above, "collect" in the forenoon.

With love believe me Yours
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. This letter is addressed: Mr. Walt Whitman | 328 Mickle St. | Camden. | New Jersey. [back]

2. Ellen Louise Chandler Moulton (1835–1908) was an American poet and critic who published several collections of verse and prose, as well as regular contributions to the New York Tribune and Boston Herald. She visited Whitman on April 23, 1888 (Horace Traubel, With Walt Whitman in Camden, Tuesday, April 24, 1888). [back]


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