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Title: Thomas Jefferson Whitman to Walt Whitman, 31 May 1889

Date: May 31, 1889

Whitman Archive ID: med.00300

Source: Location of original letter manuscript is unknown. The transcription presented here is derived from Thomas Jefferson Whitman, Dear Brother Walt: The Letters of Thomas Jefferson Whitman, ed. Dennis Berthold and Kenneth M. Price (Kent, Ohio: Kent State University Press, 1984), 188. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Contributors to digital file: Elizabeth Lorang, Kathryn Kruger, and April Lambert

St. Louis,
May 31, 18891

To Walt Whitman

Congratulations on reaching the seventy notch. Hope you will complete another score.


1. Jeff sent Whitman this telegram on the occasion of the poet's seventieth birthday. Berthold and Price reprinted it from Camden's Compliment to Walt Whitman: May 31, 1889: Notes, Addresses, Letters, Telegrams, ed. Horace L. Traubel (Philadelphia: David McKay), 71. The telegram is the last known message between the brothers. [back]


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