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Title: Walt Whitman to The Editors of The Critic(?), [10 May 1890]

Date: [May 10, 1890]

Whitman Archive ID: uva.00613

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), 5:46. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Contributors to digital file: Andrew David King, Cristin Noonan, Breanna Himschoot, and Stephanie Blalock

WW's respects—

If convenient print in paper of 24th1—No pay is expected—

This letter may have been sent to the office of The Critic, a journal edited from 1881 to 1906 by Jeannette Leonard Gilder (1849–1916) and her brother Joseph Benson Gilder (1858–1936). For more information on Jeannette Gilder, 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. Whitman may have enclosed a draft for the editors to consider with this letter. The enclosure may have been Whitman's poem "For Queen Victoria's Birthday," which did appear in The Critic (and other periodicals) on May 24. [back]


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