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Title: Julius Chambers to Walt Whitman, 9 October 1890

Date: October 9, 1890

Whitman Archive ID: loc.05012

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: On the verso of this letter, Whitman wrote notes concerning the first sheets for Leaves of Grass.

Contributors to digital file: Andrew David King, Cristin Noonan, and Stephanie Blalock

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The World.
News Department

Oct. 9. '90.

My Dear Poet:1

I would be very glad to go to Philadelphia to take part in the testimonial in your honor,2 as you so kindly suggest, provided it could be in a very humble way. It would be a delight and an honor.

Julius Chambers

Julius Chambers (1850–1920) was an American author, investigative journalist, and travel writer. After working as a reporter for the New York Tribune, he became the editor of the New York Herald and, later, the New York World.


1. A line has been drawn through this letter in black ink. [back]

2. Chambers is referring to a lecture in Whitman's honor, which would take place on October 21 at Philadelphia's Horticultural Hall. The New York jeweler John H. Johnston and the Canadian physician Richard Maurice Bucke planned the event, and the orator and agnostic Robert Ingersoll delivered the lecture: "Liberty in Literature. Testimonial to Walt Whitman." [back]


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