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Title: Walt Whitman to Sir Charles Villiers Stanford, 28 May 1884

Date: May 28, 1884

Whitman Archive ID: med.00764

Source: Royal College of Music, London. The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 5:318. 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, and Nicole Gray

328 Mickle Street1
Camden New Jersey
U S America
May 28 '84

Dear Sir

As far as I understand your request I cheerfully agree to it—As far as I have power to do so I hereby grant you the right of setting my poem of the Death Carol to music & copyrighting the music accompanied by the words, in America.2

Walt Whitman

Sir Charles Villiers Stanford (1852–1924) was a composor and conductor from Dublin, Ireland.


1. This letter is addressed: C Villiers Stanford | Trinity College | Cambridge | England. It is postmarked: Philadelphia | (?) | May | 28 | 1884 | Paid; Cambrid[ge] | A | Ju 9 | 84. [back]

2. Stanford published "Elegiac Ode," with excerpts from "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd," in 1884; see Kenneth P. Neilson, The World of Walt Whitman Music: A Bibliographical Study (1963), 69. [back]


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