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Correspondence

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Title: Walt Whitman to Charles Morris, 20 July 1886

Date: July 20, 1886

Whitman Archive ID: uva.00490

Source: Papers of Walt Whitman (MSS 3829), Clifton Waller Barrett Library of American Literature, Albert H. Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia. The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 4:38. 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 and Kyle Barton




328 Mickle Street
Camden New Jersey
July 20 '86

Dear Sir

I hereby give you permission to include any of my pieces you desire in your "Half Hours"1


Walt Whitman


Correspondent:
Charles Morris (1833–1922) was an American journalist and popular historian.

Notes:

1. Morris wrote to Whitman on July 19 requesting permission to include "Song of the Redwood-Tree" in Half-Hours with the Best American Authors, 4 vols. (1886–1887). The poem appeared with a prefatory comment upon Whitman's "lack of the spiritual element of thought" (2:489–494). [back]


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