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Edward F. Strickland, Jr. to Walt Whitman, 7 April 1876

 loc_vm.00274_large.jpg Mr. Walt Whitman Respected Sir.

Will you please grant me the favor of your autograph. I have a large collection to which I earnestly desire to add your name, especially as I am trying to complete my list of the Poets and Authors of our country. I have your works, and should indeed Sir be very much obliged if you would grant the above request, and if not presuming and perfectly agreable​ to your wishes, I would thank you sincerely for a line or sentence other than the signature. I am Sir with sentiments of the highest consideration and respect

Very truly yours, E. F. Strickland, Jr.  loc_vm.00273_large.jpg

The correspondent is likely Edward F. Strickland, Jr., the son of the distinguished actor turned minister Edward F. Strickland. The family's autograph collection is held by the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Harvard Radcliffe Institute.

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