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Walt Whitman to Talcott Williams, 31 May 1887

 col.00011.001_large.jpg My dear T W

Will you do something for me, in the Press office if not too much trouble? Get a certain MS of mine "A poet's 68th year" (3 or 4 pages) I sent ten days ago directed "W R Merrill manging​ editor &c," of which no notice has been taken & reënclose said MS to me here—

Yours as always Walt Whitman

Come over & see me

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Talcott Williams (1849–1928) was associated with the New York Sun and World as well as the Springfield Republican before he became the editor of the Philadelphia Press in 1879. His newspaper vigorously defended Whitman in news articles and editorials after the Boston censorship of 1882. For more information about Williams, see Philip W. Leon, "Williams, Talcott (1849–1928)," Walt Whitman: An Encyclopedia, ed. J.R. LeMaster and Donald D. Kummings (New York: Garland Publishing, 1998).


  • 1. Only the recto of the envelope is extant. This letter is addressed: Talcott Williams | office Press newspaper | cor: 7th & Chestnut | Philadelphia. It is postmarked: Camden, N.J. | May 31 | 10 AM | [illegible]. [back]
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