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Title: Edmund J. Baillie to Walt Whitman, 19 January 1891

Date: January 19, 1891

Whitman Archive ID: loc.08084

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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Upton Park
"The Time is short."
19th January 1891

Dear Walt Whitman,

I was much pleased to receive the newspaper you so kindly sent to me with yr. beautiful little poem.1 Accept my sincere best thanks. I notice you are about to issue a new Book—so some of my Literary Papers here say.

Where shall I be be able to get it & when?

It is not yet too late to wish you a year of happiness & peace.

With a disciples gratitude & affectionate regard
Believe me,
Edmund J. Baillie

Edmund John Baillie (1851–1897) was a Welsh horticulturalist specializing in fruit trees and a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London. In 1882, he published John Ruskin: Aspects of his Thought and Teachings (London: John Pearce). Baillie served as vice president of the Vegetarian Society and president of the John Ruskin Society in Liverpool. For more information, see "Mr. E. J. Baillie," The Manchester Guardian (October 19, 1897), 12.


1. Whitman's poem "The Pallid Wreath" was published in The Critic on January 10, 1891. This may be the poem that Whitman sent to Baillie. [back]


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