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Title: Walt Whitman to Jeannette L. and Joseph B. Gilder, 16 September 1884

Date: September 16, 1884

Whitman Archive ID: nyp.00537

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), 3:377. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Contributors to digital file: Stefan Schöberlein, Kyle Barton, and Nicole Gray

328 Mickle street
Camden New Jersey
September 16 1884

My friends

Can you use this in the C[ritic]?1

The price would be $15—& 20 copies of the number—& of course I should want to see proof—(reserving the right to include in my future book)—

Walt Whitman

Jeannette Leonard Gilder (1849–1916) helped her brother, Richard Watson Gilder (1844–1909), edit Scribner's Monthly and then, with another brother, Joseph Benson Gilder (1858–1936), co-edited the Critic (which she co-founded in 1881). For more, see Susan L. Roberson, "Gilder, Jeannette L. (1849–1916)," Walt Whitman: An Encyclopedia, ed. J.R. LeMaster and Donald D. Kummings (New York: Garland Publishing, 1998).


1. "What Lurks Behind Shakspeare's Historical Plays?" appeared in The Critic on September 27. Whitman sent it to The Nineteenth Century on August 8 and to The North American Review on September 1, the asking price being $50 (Whitman's Commonplace Book). The Critic paid him $15 (see the letter from Whitman to Joseph B. Gilder of October 1, 1884). [back]


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