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Title: Henry M. Alden to Walt Whitman, 22 October 1884

Date: October 22, 1884

Whitman Archive ID: med.00762

Source: The location of this manuscript is unknown. The transcription presented here is derived from Horace Traubel, With Walt Whitman in Camden (New York: Mitchell Kennerley, 1915), 2:218–219. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

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Harper & Brothers' Editorial Rooms.
New York,
Oct. 22, 1884.

Dear Mr. Whitman:

Please find enclosed Messrs Harper & Brothers' cheque for thirty dollars in payment for your poem Of That Blithe Throat of Thine. And you have the Messrs Harpers' permission to use the poem in a collection of your poems six months (or later) after our publication.1

With thanks, sincerely yours,
H. M. Alden.
Editor of Harpers' Magazine.

Henry Mills Alden (1836–1919) was managing editor of Harper's Weekly from 1863 to 1869 and editor of Harper's Monthly Magazine from 1869 until his death.


1. "Of That Blithe Throat of Thine" was published in the January 1885 issue of Harper's[back]


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