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Title: James Redpath to Walt Whitman, 14 October 1863

Date: October 14, 1863

Whitman Archive ID: yal.00103

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Oct 14, 1863

Walt Whitman
Dear Friend—

About the Book—yes, if I1 can. I wd like to have it sent on & I will see what I can do about it. Dependent on others for capital, I can't answer any questions of will you publish? right off either yes or no.

Glad to know you are now in good running trim; I will do all I can here, in one direction, to keep you supplied with funds.

You [illegible] [illegible]
James Redpath


1. James Redpath (1833–1891) was the author of The Public Life of Capt. John Brown (Boston: Thayer and Eldridge, 1860), a correspondent for the New York Tribune during the war, the originator of the "Lyceum" lectures, and editor of the North American Review in 1886. He met Whitman in Boston in 1860 (Thomas Biggs Harned Collection of Walt Whitman, The Library of Congress, Notebook #90) and remained an enthusiastic admirer; see Horace Traubel, With Walt Whitman in Camden, ed. Sculley Bradley (New York: Rowman and Littlefield, 1961), 3:459–461. He concluded his first letter to Whitman on June 25, 1860: "I love you, Walt! A conquering Brigade will ere long march to the music of your barbaric jawp." See also Charles F. Horner, The Life of James Redpath and the Development of the Modern Lyceum (New York: Barse & Hopkins, 1926). [back]


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