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Title: Walt Whitman to John Fraser, 27 November 1878

Date: November 27, 1878

Source: The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1969), 5:305–306. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Location: The Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

Whitman Archive ID: loc.05276

Contributors to digital file: Stefan Schöberlein, Kirsten Clawson, Nima Najafi Kianfar, and Nicole Gray

431 Stevens Street
Camden New Jersey
U S America
Nov 27 '78

Dear Sir

Mr Child tells me you would like a piece from me for the Tobacco Plant.1 Will this do? The price is $12—(? two pounds eight shil)—

If you print it I hope you have a good proof reader, & that he will be very particular with it—

Walt Whitman

Also please send me three copies, & direct a copy each to

Wm M Rosetti 56 Euston Sq London n w
Thos: Dixon 15 Sunderland st. Sunderland
Prof: Edward Dowden, Temple Rd. Winsted, Rathmines, Dublin
Rafe Leycester, Toft, Knutsford, Country Cheshire
Edward Carpenter, 45 Brunswick Sq. Brighton
J A Symonds, Clifton Hill House, Bristol
Robt Buchanan, Editor Light, London
Alfred Tennyson, Eaton Square, London
J Leicester Warren, 67 Onslow Sq: London s w2

P S—I am not an anti-tobacconist—On the contrary have seen how important & valuable the sedative was in the extensive military hospitals of our Secession war—Still I do not smoke or chew myself—Sometimes wish I did smoke now in my old age & invalidism—but it is too late to learn—

But my brothers & all my near friends are smokers, & I am accustomed to it—live among smokers, & always carry cigars in my pocket to give special friends who prize them—


1. "Three Young Men's Death" appeared in Cope's Tobacco Plant, 2 (April 1879), 318–319. See also the letter from Whitman to John Burroughs of December 12, 1878. [back]

2. At this point there was an endorsement: "6 to each sent 15/4/79." [back]


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