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Title: Henry Austin to Walt Whitman, 8 December 1890

Date: December 8, 1890

Whitman Archive ID: loc.04971

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.

Related item: Whitman pasted this letter together with several envelopes and used the verso to provide corrections and notes on a printed copy of Ralph Waldo Emerson's July 21, 1855, letter to Whitman and part of a printed newspaper article about Emerson.

Contributors to digital file: Heather Cooper, Amanda J. Axley, Marie Ernster, Stephanie Blalock, and Paige Wilkinson

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To Walt Whitman, Esq.
Camden, N. Y.

Dear Sir,

I have sent you by this mail a little book of verses as a slight token of my Esteem. I hope that you may find something in the book worthy of your consideration.

I have the honor to be
Your most obedient servant,
Henry Austin


Henry Willard Austin (b. 1858), a Boston journalist, may have sent this letter to Whitman. Austin published Vagabond Verses (Boston: J. Stilman Smith & Co.) in 1890, which may be the work mentioned in this letter.


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