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Title: Walt Whitman to Jeannette L. Gilder, 9 August [1881]

Date: August 9, 1881

Whitman Archive ID: prc.00081

Source: Kendall Reed Collection. The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Ted Genoways (Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2004), 7:63. 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, Stefan Schöberlein, Nima Najafi Kianfar, and Nicole Gray

Mott avenue & 149th street1
Station L New York City

—I am stopping here till ab't Aug: 18—(then on to Boston)—mail me a copy of last Critic here—also send the little slips of the poem here, unless already sent2—I like to see my friends here—house of J H Johnston, about 90 or 100 rods from the Mott Haven station3

Walt Whitman


1. This letter is addressed: J L Gilder | Editor Critic | 757 Broadway | New York City. It is postmarked: Morrisania | Aug 9 | 2 PM | N.Y. CITY. [back]

2. Whitman returned corrected proofs of the poem "Spirit That Form'd This Scene" on August 6 and requested, "After correcting please take five slip impressions (proofs) & send me." [back]

3. Ever prolific, Whitman wrote a piece about Mott Haven, entitled "City Notes in August," which he published in the New York Tribune on August 15. [back]


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