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Title: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow to Walt Whitman, 22 February 1881

Date: February 22, 1881

Whitman Archive ID: nyp.00509

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 The Letters of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. Andrew Hilen (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1982), 692. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Contributors to digital file: Kirsten Clawson, Nima Najafi Kianfar, Eder Jaramillo, and Nicole Gray

Feb. 22. 1881.

Dear Mr Whitman,

It gives me great pleasure to comply with your request.

Enclosed you will find the autograph for your Canadian friend.2

Yours very truly
Henry W. Longfellow.


1. This letter is addressed: Mr Walt Whitman. | 431. Stevens St. | Camden | New Jersey. It is postmarked: CAMBRIDGE STA MASS 23 FEB 12 M. [back]

2. Whitman had written to Longfellow to request an autograph, apparently intended for one of Dr. Richard Maurice Bucke's friends, on February 20, 1881. On February 24, Whitman sent the autograph to Bucke (Whitman's Commonplace Book, Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.). [back]


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