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Title: Elmer B. Lane to Walt Whitman, 16 June 1888

Date: June 16, 1888

Whitman Archive ID: loc.05835

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 crossed out this letter from Lane and wrote notes regarding the printing of the Walter Scott (London) edition of Democratic Vistas, and Other Papers (1888) on the verso.

Contributors to digital file: Jeannette Schollaert, Ian Faith, Stefan Schöberlein, and Stephanie Blalock

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Principal of High School
Fort Wayne, Ind.,
June 16 1888

Mr Walter Whitman:
Dear Sir,

Will you have the kindness to oblige a boy of eleven by writing your name on the enclosed card and mailing in the enclosed envelope?

Yours respectfully
Elmer B. Lane

Little is known about Elmer B. Lane. He would go on to become the manager of a branch of a typewriter company in England. His father, Chester T. Lane, was a well-known educator who served as the principal of Fort Wayne High and Manual Training School in Fort Wayne, Indiana.


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