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Title: Walt Whitman to Jeannette L. and Joseph B. Gilder, 10 January 1884

Date: January 10, 1884

Whitman Archive ID: wel.00001

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Notes for this letter were created by Whitman Archive staff and/or were derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller, 6 vols. (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), and supplemented or updated by Whitman Archive staff.

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Jan: 10 '841

The slips rec'd, (thanks) of course making it unnecessary for you to send the ten copies C But did you mail the five copies of paper to the addresses?2 Send me a postal telling me.

Walt Whitman

If not already mailed, you need not do it—I will attend to it—

Jeannette Leonard Gilder (1849–1916) helped her brother, Richard Watson Gilder (1844–1909), edit Scribner's Monthly and then, with another brother, Joseph Benson Gilder (1858–1936), co-edited the Critic (which she co-founded in 1881). For more, 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. This postal card is addressed: J L & J B Gilder | Critic office | 20 Lafayette Place | New York City. It is postmarked: Philadelphia | Pa. | Jan 11 84 | 5 30 PM; P.O. | 1-11-84 | 12 (?) | N.Y.; 1-12-84 | 6 (?) | N.Y. [back]

2. Whitman on December 21, 1883, sent "A Backward Glance on My Own Road" to The North American Review and asked $40; it was returned. He then sent the piece to The Critic on December 27 and requested $12, and it was printed on January 5, 1884 (Whitman's Commonplace Book, Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.). When the magazine failed to send, as requested, copies of the article to Dowden, Symonds, Schmidt, Rolleston, and O'Connor, Whitman sent them himself on January 9 or thereabouts (Commonplace Book). The article was later incorporated into "A Backward Glance o'er Travel'd Roads" (November Boughs [1888], 5–18). [back]


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