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Title: Walt Whitman to Daniel G. Gillette, 26 September [1873]

Date: September 26, 1873

Whitman Archive ID: med.00423

Source: The location of the original manuscript is unknown. The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 2:246. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Contributors to digital file: Janel Cayer, Kenneth M. Price, Elizabeth Lorang, Kathryn Kruger, Zachary King, and Eric Conrad

Camden, N.J.
September 26.1

Dear Sir,2

I am delighted to please you in so trifling a matter as signing the pictures for your—and my—English friends—(substituting portraits I like better, instead of those you sent, which I don't like—though they are fine bits of work.) . . .

Walt Whitman


1. Transcript. [back]

2. According to the New York Directory of 1874–1875, Gillette, which Whitman spelled Gilette (see Whitman's November 4, 1873 letter to Gillette), was a clerk in the county courthouse. An undated entry in one of Walt Whitman's address books (Thomas Biggs Harned Collection of Walt Whitman, The Library of Congress, Notebook #108) indicates that Gillette was at one time employed in the postmaster's office in New York. [back]


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