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Walt Whitman to Hezekiah Butterworth, 2 January 1891

 loc.01191.001_large.jpg Dear Mr B—

Can you use this in the Companion1?—The price is $8 and a dozen numbers of the paper containing it2—And I reserve the right of printing in future book—

Very respectfully Walt Whitman 328 Mickle Street Camden New Jersey  loc.01191.002_large.jpg Whitman | Poet | Mr. Hezekiah Butterworth | ed of Youth's Companion

Hezekiah Butterworth (1839–1905) was an American author, educator, and poet. From 1870 to 1894, he was on the staff of the Youth's Companion, a magazine he had frequently contributed to prior to his employment. He is the author of more than seventy books, including The Story of the Hymns (New York: American Tract Society, 1875), Young Folk's History of Boston (Boston: Estes and Lauriat, 1881), and the Zigzag Journeys, a series of seventeen travelogue adventures published by Estes and Lauriat. For more information, see Butterworth's obituary, "Hezekiah Butterworth Dead" in the Fall River Globe (September 6 1905), 2.


  • 1. The Youth's Companion, a weekly magazine for families and children, was founded by Nathaniel Willis in 1827. During its more than one-hundred-year run, the magazine published contributions by Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. For more on the Youth's Companion, see Susan Belasco, Youth's Companion. [back]
  • 2. Whitman is likely referring to his poem "Ship Ahoy!," which was published in the Youth's Companion on March 12, 1891. [back]
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