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Title: Walt Whitman to Francis P. Church (?), 2 November 1868

Date: November 2, 1868

Whitman Archive ID: nyp.00266

Source: The Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature, New York Public Library. The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 2:69. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Contributors to digital file: Kenneth M. Price, Elizabeth Lorang, Zachary King, and Eric Conrad

Attorney General's Office,
Nov. 2, 1868

My dear Sir,

As you have not found the little piece "Ethiopia Commenting" available, allow me to withdraw it—Indeed I have already sent it to another quarter.1


1. Walt Whitman had submitted "Ethiopia Commenting" to the Galaxy on September 7, 1867. If he sent the poem "to another quarter," it has not as yet been discovered. It later became "Ethiopia Saluting the Colors"; see Edward F. Grier, "Walt Whitman, the Galaxy, and Democratic Vistas," American Literature 23.3 (November 1951), 337. [back]


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