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Walt Whitman to George C. Cox, 14 June 1887

Your note rec'd—& I have been looking for the proofs, (pictures specimens) ever since, but none yet come—I have no objection to either of your plans—will sign autographically & cooperate—send on the proofs, specimens, all of them2

Walt Whitman

George Collins "G. C." Cox (1851–1903) was a well-known celebrity photographer who had taken photographs of Whitman when the poet was in New York to give his lecture on Abraham Lincoln (his Lincoln lecture) in April 1887. "The Laughing Philosopher," one of the most famous photographs of Whitman, was taken by Cox in 1887.


  • 1. This letter is addressed: Mr Cox | photographer | cor: Broadway & 12th street | New York City. It is postmarked: Camden, NJ | June 14 | 3 PM | 87. [back]
  • 2. George Cox proposed selling signed copies of his photographs of Walt Whitman. However, when the September 1887 issue of Century appeared with an advertisement, Whitman still had not seen proofs, much less signed the photographs. He wrote John H. Johnston on September 1, 1887, "He sell my photo, with autograph. The latter is forged, & the former illegal & unauthorized." The disagreement was quickly resolved, and Walt Whitman signed photographs for Cox and returned them September 15. [back]
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