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Title: Walt Whitman to the Editor of the Springfield Republican, 13 November 1881

Date: November 13, 1881

Whitman Archive ID: syr.00029

Source: Walt Whitman Collection, Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Library, Syracuse, 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), 3:253. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Contributors to digital file: Stefan Schoeberlein, Nima Najafi Kianfar, Eder Jaramillo, and Nicole Gray

Camden New Jersey—
Nov: 13 '81

I gratefully thank your paper & the writer of the Boston Literary Letter in Nov: 10th's issue—I have never had more comforting words—so noble & glowing in themselves & in their bearing on other things than me & mine—I wish this card conveyed to the writer of them1

Walt Whitman


1. Whitman also noted the "magnificent" review in his Commonplace Book (Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.). On November 20 he wrote a card of "thanks" to the New York Sun after the appearance of E. P. M.'s lengthy review, "Walt Whitman and the Poetry of the Future," on the preceding day (Whitman's Commonplace Book). On November 14 Ticknor, of Osgood & Co., wrote to Whitman: "The first edition is all gone & we are binding up the second." [back]


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