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Title: Walt Whitman to Fanny Raymond Ritter, 7 February 1880

Date: February 7, 1880

Source: The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1969), 5:306–307. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Location: Miller's transcription is drawn from a photostat in the Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

Whitman Archive ID: loc.05278

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

431 Stevens Street
Camden New Jersey
Feb 7 '80

Dear Mrs Ritter1

I cheerfully consent to Professor's using the words of Two Veterans for musical publication—& also give permission for further musical adaptation of my pieces—Am curious to see how they go—Am sure I sh'd be impress'd and pleased—My western trip has worked well—My health is about the same as of late years—

When the music is printed—(if printed—) please send me a copy—


1. Frédéric Louis Ritter set "Dirge for Two Veterans" to music; see Whitman's letters to Herbert Gilchrist of April 29, 1879, and to John Burroughs of February 21, 1880. Kenneth P. Neilson, in The World of Walt Whitman Music: A Bibliographical Study (1963), lists only one work by Ritter. [back]


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