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Title: James Gordon Bennett to Walt Whitman, 4 May 1888

Date: May 4, 1888

Whitman Archive ID: yal.00475

Source: Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Transcribed from digital images or a microfilm reproduction of the original item. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Editorial notes: The annotation, "(H.G 191)," is in an unknown hand.

Related item: Whitman crossed out Bennett's letter, and on the back wrote a draft of the poem "As I Sit Writing Here."

Contributors to digital file: Alex Ashland, Ian Faith, Nicole Gray, Stefan Schöberlein, and Stephanie Blalock

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The Herald.
New York,
5/4 1888

Dear Sir:

Enclosed please find $40.00, payment for services for Apl. 88

Please acknowledge receipt by return mail, and oblige,

Yours very truly,
To Walt Whitman

James Gordon Bennett Jr. (1841–1918) was the publisher of the New York Herald, which had been founded by his father in 1835. For more on the paper and the many poems by Whitman that were published in it, see Susan Belasco, "The New York Herald."


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