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Title: Walt Whitman to James Gordon Bennett and Julius Chambers, 3 July 1888

Date: July 3, 1888

Whitman Archive ID: med.00841

Source: Miller derives his transcription from a facsimile of the letter published in Julius Chambers, News Hunting on Three Continents (1921), 305. The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 4:181. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Contributors to digital file: Ryan Furlong, Alex Ashland, Caterina Bernardini, and Stephanie Blalock

Camden New Jersey
July 3 '88

Thanks best thanks, dear Mr Bennett & dear Mr Chambers & all you dear Herald boys—but have not sent you a line for a month—& probably will not any more—as I am ill from breaking out of old war-paralysis—I return the check & take my name from the roll.

Again best respects to Mr B & all of you—

Walt Whitman

James Gordon Bennett Jr. (1841–1918) was the editor and publisher of the New York Herald, founded by his father in 1835. Julius Chambers (1850–1920) was an American author, investigative journalist, and travel writer; after working as a reporter for the New York Tribune, he became an editor of the New York Herald and, later, managing editor of the New York World. For more on the Herald and the many poems by Whitman that were published in it, see Susan Belasco, "The New York Herald."


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