Life & Letters


About this Item

Title: Walt Whitman to William C. Church and Francis P. Church, 2 November 187[1]

Date: November 2, 1871

Whitman Archive ID: med.00415

Source: The location of the original manuscript is unknown. The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, Volume VI: A Supplement with a Composite Index, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 2:9. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Contributors to digital file: Kenneth M. Price, Elizabeth Lorang, and Zachary King

Nov. 2, 187– 1

I offer the enclosed Poem "The Mystic Trumpeter" for the January number, 1872, of Galaxy.2 The price is $40. . . .

Walt Whitman


1. Transcript.

William Conant Church and Francis Pharcellus Church, editors of the Galaxy, printed several of Whitman's poems beginning in 1867. The first notice of Walt Whitman to appear in the magazine was John Burroughs' 1866 review of Drum-Taps[back]

2. Apparently the Churches rejected "The Mystic Trumpeter," which appeared in the Kansas Magazine in February 1872; Whitman wrote of his relationship with the magazine in his January 26, 1872 letter to Thomas Jefferson Whitman. [back]


Published Works | In Whitman's Hand | Life & Letters | Commentary | Resources | Pictures & Sound

Support the Archive | About the Archive

Distributed under a Creative Commons License. Matt Cohen, Ed Folsom, & Kenneth M. Price, editors.