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Title: James Hearne to Walt Whitman, 29 December 1880

Date: December 29, 1880

Whitman Archive ID: loc.07080

Source: The Thomas Biggs Harned Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1842–1937, 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: This letter from James Hearne has been crossed out. On the back of it Whitman wrote notes for a piece about "Names and Slang in America."

Contributors to digital file: Jeannette Schollaert, Ian Faith, and Nicole Gray

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[East?] Fifteenth Street,
New York.
Dec 29. 1880

Mr Whitman
Dear Sir,

I mailed you a check and bill some ten days ago, and up to now have not had a receipt, wont you please remit the receipt as our treasurer is very anxious to have it for audit1

James Hearne

James Hearne was steward of the Century Club, an exclusive club in New York City devoted to the promotion of arts and literature. Hearne was dismissed as steward of the organization in 1883.


1. Whitman had sent Leaves of Grass and Two Rivulets to the Century Club at the request of Titus M. Coan. See the letter from Coan to Whitman of November 22, 1880. Whitman noted in his Commonplace Book on November 24 that the two-volume set had been sent (see Daybooks and Notebooks, ed. William White [New York: New York University Press, 1977], 213). [back]


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