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Title: Frederic R. Marvin to Walt Whitman, 22 July 1875

Date: July 22, 1875

Whitman Archive ID: loc.05679

Source: The Thomas Biggs Harned Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1842–1937, 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.

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New York
July 22, 1875

Walt Whitman
Dear Sir,

I am preparing a book to be called "Songs of the Mystics" and I wish to insert a poem from you, all your poems have to me an air of mysticism and of realism which make it difficult to choose between them. Will you choose for me? I greatly admire your "A Word out of the Sea" but it is not appropriate.

Very Truly and Respectfully
Frederic R. Marvin.

Please address.1

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1. Whitman crossed this letter out and wrote prose notes on the back. [back]


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