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Title: Unidentified Correspondent to Walt Whitman, 18 April 1889

Date: April 18, 1889

Whitman Archive ID: loc.05848

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: On the back of this letter, Whitman wrote a note about autographs and the 1889 pocket-book edition of Leaves of Grass.

Contributors to digital file: Blake Bronson-Bartlett, Caterina Bernardini, Breanna Himschoot, and Stephanie Blalock

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New York
April 18, '89

Mr. Walt Whitman
Dear Sir,

In common with many others I am already under a debt of gratitude to you, but I ask one thing further. Will you kindly [illegible]1

As yet we have no information about this correspondent.


1. The rest of this letter has been cut away, and it is uncertain if the missing part is extant. Whitman likely wrote additional notes on the back of the bottom half of the letter. The correspondent is unknown, but the purpose of the letter seems to be to ask for Whitman's autograph. [back]


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