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John B. Robinson to Walt Whitman, 29 December 1884

 loc_es.00135.jpg Walt Whitman Esq Camden, New Jersey Dear Sir:

My friend Col.Jewel3 wrote me that you would come here & Lecture for us. Could you come in Jan'y​ say about 29th inst or Feb.​ 5th or 12th & give us your Lecture on Lincoln,4 We would pay you 25$—Our resources are small or we would offer more.

Resply Jno: B Robinson for comtee Dela. Co Ins.  loc_es.00136.jpg  loc_es.00137.jpg  loc_es.00138.jpg

John B. Robinson (1846–1933) was a Republican politician from Pennsylvania. Educated at the Unviersity of Pittsburgh and at Amherst College, Robinson served in the Navy before going on to become a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives (1884–1888), a Pennsylvania State Senator (1889–1892), and a member of the U.S. House of Representatives (1891–1897). In the early 1880s, Robinson also the edited the Delaware County Gazette newspaper and owned the Media Ledger.


  • 1. The Delaware County Institute of Science (DCIS) was founded in 1833. The Institute's mission was to support the learning of the public by establishing a lending library and a natural history museum. The DCIS continues to maintain the museum and library located at the corners of Jasper Street and Veteran's Square in Media, Pennsylvania. [back]
  • 2. This letter is addressed: Walt Whitman | Camden | New Jersey. It is postmarked: Media | DEC 29 | 1884 | PA.; Philadelphia, PA | Dec | 29 | 4PM | Transit; Camden, N.J. | Dec | 29 | 6PM | 1884 | Rec'd. [back]
  • 3. As yet we have no information about this person. [back]
  • 4. This is a reference to Whitman's lecture entitled "The Death of Abraham Lincoln." He first delivered this lecture in New York in 1879 and would deliver it at least eight other times over the succeeding years, delivering it for the last time on April 15, 1890. He published a version of the lecture as "Death of Abraham Lincoln" in Specimen Days and Collect (1882–83). For more on the lecture, see Larry D. Griffin, "'Death of Abraham Lincoln,'" Walt Whitman: An Encyclopedia, J.R. LeMaster and Donald D. Kummings, ed. (New York: Garland Publishing, 1998). [back]
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