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Edwin C. Gellett to Walt Whitman, 4 January 1889

 loc.02123.001_large.jpg Mr. Walt Whitman:

My dear Sir, I take the liberty of sending you in the same mail with this, a little pamphlet1—upon literary work, which I thought might prove interesting to you.

Should it prove so, my object will then be attained.

Believe me with the greatest respect

very sincerely yours Edwin C. Jellett  loc.02123.002_large.jpg  loc.02123.003_large.jpg  loc.02123.004_large.jpg

Edwin Costley Jellett (1860–1929) was a Philadelphia horticulturist, local historian, and columnist. He was also a member of Philadelphia's literary society "The Mermaid Club."


  • 1. It is unclear exactly which pamphlet Whitman is referring to, but it is likely one of the many Mermaid Club publications that Jellett composed. Among many "curios" the poet showed his disciple Horace Traubel that very month was a "Record of Mermaid Club, Germantowm," which may well be The Record of a Reading Club of 1888, written by Jellett (Traubel, With Walt Whitman in Camden, Saturday, January 5, 1889). [back]
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