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Title: Walt Whitman to Jeannette L. Gilder, 6 February 1881

Date: February 6, 1881

Whitman Archive ID: nyp.00422

Source: The Oscar Lion Papers, 1914–1955, New York Public Library, New York, N.Y. The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 3:210. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Contributors to digital file: Alicia Bones, Stefan Schoeberlein, Nicole Gray, and Nima Najafi Kianfar

431 Stevens Street
Camden New Jersey
Feb: 6 '81

My dear J L G

I send you the Carlyle piece as requested1—Mail me a proof, if possible—if Tuesday forenoon I can return it Tuesday night—If not possible pray read proof with extra care by copy—It ought to make just a page—I want without fail fifty impressions of just that page. It can easily be done in the printing office—Another thing I forget to mention before (& perhaps is not strictly needed any how) I reserve the right to print any of my pieces in future book—& to make it clearer, would you & J B2 kindly, after signing, return to me the accompanying page?

Walt Whitman


1. "Death of Carlyle" appeared in The Critic on February 12, and was reprinted in Essays from "The Critic" (1882), 31–37. See also Specimen Days, ed. Floyd Stovall (New York: New York University Press, 1963), 248–253. Whitman received $10 for the article on February 25 (Whitman's Commonplace Book, Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.). On February 7, Whitman sent the piece to The Literary World (see the letter from Whitman to the editors of The Literary World, February 16, 1881). [back]

2. Jeannette Gilder's brother, Joseph. [back]


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