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Correspondence

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Title: Walt Whitman to Thomas B. Harned, 8 January 1889

Date: January 8, 1889

Whitman Archive ID: med.00860

Source: The location of this manuscript is unknown. Miller derives his transcription from a transcript of the letter by Stan V. Henkels, May 8, 1917. The transcription presented here is derived from The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 4:264. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Contributors to digital file: Blake Bronson-Bartlett, Caterina Bernardini, Stefan Schöberlein, and Stephanie Blalock




Camden
Jan. 8, 1889

Tom, if you have it and you can, I wish you w'd fill my bottle again with that Sherry.

Love & respects to Mrs H.1 by no means forgetting Anna, Tommy & little Herbert.2


Walt Whitman


Correspondent:
Thomas Biggs Harned (1851–1921) was one of Whitman's literary executors. Harned was a lawyer in Philadelphia and, having married Augusta Anna Traubel (1856–1914), was Horace Traubel's brother-in-law. For more on him, see Dena Mattausch, "Harned, Thomas Biggs (1851–1921)," Walt Whitman: An Encyclopedia, ed. J.R. LeMaster and Donald D. Kummings (New York: Garland Publishing, 1998). For more on his relationship with Whitman, see Thomas Biggs Harned, Memoirs of Thomas B. Harned, Walt Whitman's Friend and Literary Executor, ed. Peter Van Egmond (Hartford: Transcendental Books, 1972).

Notes:

1. Augusta Anna Traubel Harned (1856–1914) was Horace Traubel's sister. She married Thomas Biggs Harned, a lawyer in Philadelphia and, later, one of Whitman's literary executors. [back]

2. Thomas Harned and his wife Anna were the parents of three children, Anna, Tommy, and Herbert. [back]


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