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Title: Walt Whitman to Harrison S. Morris, 17 October 1891

Date: October 17, 1891

Whitman Archive ID: wwh.00030

Source: Walt Whitman House, Camden, N.J. The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 5:254. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

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Camden NJ1
Oct: 17 '91

Thanks, dear H S M, for the beautiful volume of sea-shore & sea-pieces2—wh' has safely reached me—

Walt Whitman

Harrison Smith Morris (1856–1948) was a businessman and man of letters. Traubel published Morris's translation of French critic Gabriel Sarrazin's essay "Walt Whitman" in the tribute collection In Re Walt Whitman, ed. Horace Traubel, Richard Maurice Bucke, and Thomas B. Harned [Philadelphia: McKay, 1893], 159–194. Morris also wrote a biography of the poet, Walt Whitman: A Brief Biography with Reminiscences (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1929).


1. This letter is addressed: Harrison S Morris | 224 South 4th Street | Philadelphia. It is postmarked Camden, N.(?) | Oct 17 | 8 PM | (?), Received | Oct | 17 | 8 PM | 91 | Phila. [back]

2. Miller writes that he cannot identify this volume, unless it is an earlier version of Lyrics and Landscapes, a collection of poems by Morris that was published in 1908. [back]


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