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Title: William C. Church to Walt Whitman, 25 March 1868

Date: March 25, 1868

Whitman Archive ID: loc.05013

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 struck through this letter and used the verso side to write notes about "Hind's army reminiscences," which he learned of during a vist to Colonel James M. Scovel's home on January 11, 1885.

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

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of Entertaining Reading.
Published Monthly.
New York,
March 25 1868.

My Dear Sir

Your proof came to late for us to make the corrections & I return it so that you can transfer them to this proof before sent. Our type has been cast with plates. We are printing a large edition of the May no & have been forced to [illegible] things

Truly Yours
W. C. Church

William Conant Church (1836–1917), journalist and publisher, was a correspondent for several New York newspapers until he founded the Army and Navy Journal in 1863. With his brother Francis Pharcellus Church (1839–1906), he established the Galaxy in 1866. Financial control of the Galaxy passed to Sheldon & Company in 1868, and it was absorbed by the Atlantic Monthly in 1878. William published a biography of his life-long friend Ulysses S. Grant in 1897. See Edward F. Grier, "Walt Whitman, the Galaxy, and Democratic Vistas," American Literature, 23 (1951–1952), 332–350; Donald N. Bigelow, William Conant Church & "The Army and Navy Journal" (New York: Columbia University Press, 1952); J. R. Pearson, Jr., "Story of a Magazine: New York's Galaxy, 1866–1878," Bulletin of the New York Public Library, 61 (1957), 217–237, 281–302.


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