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Title: Walt Whitman to Unidentified Correspondent, 16 December 1884

Date: December 16, 1884

Whitman Archive ID: med.00761

Source: This letter is in the private collection of Kendall Reed. The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Ted Genoways (Iowa City: Iowa University Press, 2004), 7:77. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Contributors to digital file: Alex Kinnaman, Stefan Schöberlein, Ian Faith, Kyle Barton, and Nicole Gray

Camden NJ
Dec. 16 '84

Dear friend

Please convey to the Marquis de Leuville1 my thanks for his beautiful book just received—& to you also thanks for your kindness.

Walt Whitman


1. The Marquis de Leuville was William Redivivus Oliver de Lorncourt, born in 1841; he enjoyed some notoriety as a poet who wrote in French and English. His Poems and Aelia from "Entre-Nous" appeared in 1884 (London: Chapman & Hall), and the introduction, called "Entre-Nous," begins, "I had therefore better make some apologies for my 'French-English.'" [back]


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