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William Carey to Walt Whitman, 18 June 1889

 loc.01223.001_large.jpg My dear Mr. Whitman:

Your postal2 has just come & I write to ask you for particulars before making the request of Mr. Cox.3

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Will you kindly let me know who it is wants the negative & for what purpose.

I was sorry not to be able to grasp your hand on your birthday

Yours very truly, William Carey  loc.01223.004_large.jpg  loc.01221.003_large.jpg see notes June 19 1889 I wrote to W.C. 6/20/89  loc.01221.004_large.jpg

William Carey (1858–1901) worked for the editorial department of The Century Magazine. The September 1887 issue of the monthly advertised signed photographs of Whitman (taken by George C. Cox earlier that summer). See also Whitman's letter to Cox of September 15, 1887.


  • 1. This letter is addressed: Walt Whitman | Camden | 328 Mickle St NJ; New York | Jun 18 | 12 [illegible]M | D; NY | 6–18–89 | 1 PM | 2; Camden, N.J. | Jun | 19 | 6 AM | 1889 | Rec'd. [back]
  • 2. See Whitman's June 17, 1889, postal card to Carey. [back]
  • 3. George C. Cox (1851–1903) was a well-known celebrity photographer who had taken multiple photographs of Whitman in April, 1887, including the image known as "The Laughing Philosopher." [back]
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