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Title: Henry M. Alden to Walt Whitman, 24 May 1881

Date: May 24, 1881

Whitman Archive ID: loc.05850

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.

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May 24, 18811

My dear Mr. Whitman,

It is always with regret that I return a poem of yours, but I am obliged to send back the enclosed, because its real meaning would escape the minds of most readers.

With thanks, sincerely yours
H. M. Alden
Ed Harper's Maga


1. This letter was crossed out and repurposed by Whitman. On the back he wrote a series of prose notes. [back]


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