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Title: Walt Whitman to Unidentified Correspondent, [6 May 1887]

Date: May 6, 1887

Whitman Archive ID: yal.00468

Source: Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 4:91–92. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Contributors to digital file: Alex Ashland, Stefan Schöberlein, Kevin McMullen, and Stephanie Blalock

You must excuse the liberty I take in introducing the young man who will hand you this—a conductor on the W P City R R & a particular friend of mine—who will explain the reason of his call. Pray listen to what he has to say.1

As yet we have no information about this correspondent.


1. This draft letter appears in a notebook at Yale with the following also in Whitman's hand: "Sir | Feeling that I am competent & determined to give satisfaction I hereby apply for an appointment under you on the road | W H Duckett | May 6 '87." Undoubtedly Duckett, Whitman's young Camden driver, was expected to make a copy of the letter. [back]


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