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Title: Walt Whitman to William Carey, 2 November 1887

Date: November 2, 1887

Whitman Archive ID: nyp.00573

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), 4:130. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Contributors to digital file: Ryan Furlong, Stefan Schöberlein, Caterina Bernardini, and Stephanie Blalock

Nov. 2 '87

Dear Sir

The $16.50 on acc't of photo. sales, came safely to hand & this is the receipt—with best thanks—

Herbert Gilchrist2 hurried off, & I did not have a chance to mention to him ab't the London agency for the photos. I should suggest however the selection of some established shop or name in London as the best place—some place where such things are in their line—

I like best Nos. 3, 6 and 8 of the photos. Would send those only—

Am ab't as usual—

Walt Whitman

William Carey (1858–1901) worked for the editorial department of The Century Magazine. The September 1887 issue of the monthly advertised signed photographs of Whitman (taken by George C. Cox earlier that summer). See also Whitman's letter to Cox of September 15, 1887.


1. This letter is addressed: Wm Carey | Century Office | Union Square | New York City. It is postmarked: Camden, N. J. | Nov 2 | 6 PM | 87; P.O. | 11-3-87 | 1-1(?) | N.Y. [back]

2. Herbert Harlakenden Gilchrist (1857–1914), son of Alexander and Anne Gilchrist, was an English painter and editor of Anne Gilchrist: Her Life and Writings (London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1887). For more information, see Marion Walker Alcaro, "Gilchrist, Herbert Harlakenden (1857–1914)," Walt Whitman: An Encyclopedia, ed. J.R. LeMaster and Donald D. Kummings (New York: Garland Publishing, 1998). [back]


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