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Title: Walt Whitman to the Editor of the Philadelphia Press, 28 April [1882]

Date: April 28, 1882

Whitman Archive ID: med.00654

Source: Miller's transcription is derived from Dodd, Mead, & Company, Catalog 59 (March 1901). The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 3:275. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Contributors to digital file: Stefan Schoeberlein, Nima Najafi Kianfar, Kirsten Clawson, and Nicole Gray

April 28

Couldn't you use this in Sunday's Press? Could you send me $8.00 for it? Although printed four or five months ago in N. Y. Critic1—I was thinking it might have the point now of special opportuneness—which is I suppose the main thing in paperdom—more than a freshly written piece.

Walt Whitman


1. Apparently Whitman submitted the account of his last visit with Ralph Waldo Emerson which had appeared in The Critic on December 3, 1881 (see the letter from Walt Whitman to Louisa Orr Whitman of September 18, 1881). On the back of this letter Thomas Donaldson wrote on April 30 that he was in the office of the Philadelphia Press when Whitman's contribution arrived and that it was declined; see American Art Association (16 February 1927). [back]


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