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Title: Unidentified Correspondent to Walt Whitman, 5 September 1885

Date: September 5, 1885

Whitman Archive ID: loc.04898

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.

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Fourth (Park) Avenue, 41st and 42d Streets.
W. D. Garrison, Manager.

Sep 5 1885

Dear Mr Whitman:—

Please do not forget that are to give me a synopsis of your forthcoming work. If you give me the material, [illegible] will be the [illegible]2


1. The left side of the Grand Union Hotel letterhead reads: "[PASSENGERS] arriving in the city [of New York] via Grand Central [Depot, save] $3 Carriage Hire and [Transfer of] Baggage by stopping [at] the Grand Union Hotel, opposite said depot. Passengers arriving by West Shore Rail Road, via Weehawken Ferry, by taking the 42d street Horse Cars at Ferry entrance, reach Grand Union Hotel in ten minutes for 5 cents, and save $3 Carriage Hire." The right side reads: "600 Elegant Rooms, $1 and upwards per day. European Plan. Elevators, Restaurant, Café, Lunch and Wine Rooms, supplied with the best. Prices moderate. Families can live better for less money at the Grand Union than at any other strictly first class hotel in the city. Guests' Baggage delivered to and from Grand Central Depot, free." Missing text, indicated in brackets, has been supplied from a hotel circular published on Making of America Books[back]

2. The rest of this letter has been torn away. Whitman crossed out the letter and wrote a series of notes on the back. [back]


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