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Title: Alice G. Brown to Walt Whitman, 4 January 1884

Date: January 4, 1884

Whitman Archive ID: loc.05923

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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Jan. 4, 1884.

Walt Whitman
Dear Sir—

Will you kindly favor me with your autograph?

Very truly yours—
Alice G. Brown.1

As yet we have no information about this correspondent.


1. Whitman was quite annoyed over the many letters he had been recieving from autograph hounds and often complained to his disciple Horace Traubel about them: "Those fellows have one virtue—they always use good paper: and on that I manage to do a good deal of my writing" (Horace Traubel, With Walt Whitman in Camden, Friday, July 27, 1888). On the back of this letter, Whitman began drafting notes for an article about himself, titled "Walt Whitman in Camden," which appeared in The Critic on February 28, 1885, under the signature of George Selwyn. It was reprinted in Authors at Home, ed. J. L. and J. B. Gilder (1888), and in Critic Pamphlet No. 2 (1898). [back]


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