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Title: Walt Whitman to Jeannette L. Gilder, 31 December 1880

Date: December 31, 1880

Whitman Archive ID: med.00695

Source: Miller's transcription is derived from Swann Auction Galleries, April 4–5, 1951. The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 3:202. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

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Dec 31, '80.

Yes, my friend, I will supply you with some little out-door sketches—three, possibly four—for your paper at the price you propose. . . . You can rely on it within a week.1

Walt Whitman


1. Whitman agreed to write a series of sketches for The Critic, a new magazine of which Jeannette Gilder was editor. On January 5, 1881, he sent her the first installment (see Whitman's Commonplace Book, Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., and Whitman's letter to Jeannette Gilder of January 8, 1881). The series, entitled "How I Get Around at 60, and Take Notes," was printed during the following eighteen months: January 29, 1881 (2–3), April 9, 1881 (88–89), May 7, 1881 (116–117), July 16, 1881 (184–185), December 3, 1881 (330–331), and July 15, 1882 (185–186). [back]


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