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Title: Walt Whitman to Lorenz Reich, 17 November 1885

Date: November 17, 1885

Whitman Archive ID: loc.06099

Source: New York Historical Society. The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Ted Genoways (Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2004), 7:79. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Contributors to digital file: Alex Kinnaman, Stefan Schöberlein, Ian Faith, Kyle Barton, and Nicole Gray

328 Mickle Street
Camden New Jersey
Nov. 17 '851

Dear Sir

Many thanks for your box of wine, which has come safely to hand & will be fully enjoyed.2

Walt Whitman

Lorenz Reich (1848–1931) was an importer of Hungarian wine in New York City. He made a practice of sending complimentary cases of wine to individuals he admired. The archive of letters of thanks at the New York Historical Society includes appreciative replies from Robert Browning, Samuel Clemens, Grover Cleveland, Ulysses S. Grant, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and John Greenleaf Whittier, among others.


1. This letter is addressed: Lorenz Reich | 63 East 11th street | New York City. The return address for Whitman noted on the envelope is Walt Whitman | Camden | New Jersey. The letter is postmarked: Camden | Nov 18 | 4 PM | 1885. [back]

2. See the letter from Reich to Whitman of November 17, 1885[back]


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