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Title: Walt Whitman to Miss Chevalier, [?] October 1878

Date: October 1878

Whitman Archive ID: med.00663

Source: The location of the original manuscript is unknown. Genoways's transcription is derived from a facsimile in the auction catalogs of Joseph Rubinfine American Historical Autographs, West Palm Beach, Florida (Item 45, List 137). The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Ted Genoways (Iowa City, IA: University of Iowa Press, 2004), 7:53. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Contributors to digital file: Kirsten Clawson, Eder Jaramillo, Stefan Schöberlein, and Nicole Gray

Autumn Leaves1

for October 1878

Miss Chevalier2

Walt Whitman


1. Twelve leaves were enclosed with this note. [back]

2. According to Amy Haslam Dowe's "A Child's Memories of the Whitmans," some elderly women identified only as "the Chevaliers" lived across the street from Whitman (see Edwin Haviland Miller, "Amy H. Dowe and Walt Whitman," The Walt Whitman Review 13 [September 1967], 73–79). The Chevaliers may also have been relatives of the Camden printer William Chevalier. [back]


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