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Catalog of a Walt Whitman Literary Manuscript in the John Hay Papers, John Hay Library, Brown University

Original records created by the Special Collections Division of Brown University Library; revised and expanded by the Walt Whitman Archive and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries. Encoded Archival Description completed with the assistance of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Individual items at this repository

  • Whitman Archive Title: O Captain! my Captain!
  • Whitman Archive ID: brn.00001
  • Series: Series 2. Correspondence
  • Repository Title: Whitman, Walt to Hay, John
  • Date: March 9, 1887
  • Genre: poetry
  • Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
  • View Images: 1
  • Content: A signed, dated, handwritten copy of "O Captain! My Captain!," which was published first in 1865. The manuscript was recopied by Whitman, without changes from the version published in 1881, at the request of John Hay, who wrote Whitman in 1887 to request an autograph copy of the poem. The manuscript is stored with a cover letter from Whitman to Hay, which requests payment of $22. A letter from Hay to Whitman dated March 12, 1887 , acknowledges receipt of the manuscript and sends a check for thirty dollars in payment. An image of the manuscript's verso is currently unavailable.

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