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James M. Scovel to Walt Whitman, 6 October 1890

 loc.03753.001_large.jpg Dear Walt

I dont know but what you had better let me (instead of little Albright2) get up that W.W article for Lippincott They want it soon

J M S . .  loc.03753.002_large.jpg

James Matlack Scovel (1833–1904) began to practice law in Camden in 1856. During the Civil War, he was in the New Jersey legislature and became a colonel in 1863. He campaigned actively for Horace Greeley in 1872, and was a special agent for the U.S. Treasury during Chester Arthur's administration. In the 1870s, Whitman frequently went to Scovel's home for Sunday breakfast (Whitman's Commonplace Book, Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.). For a description of these breakfasts, see Walt Whitman's Diary in Canada, ed. William Sloane Kennedy (Boston: Small, Maynard, 1904), 59–60. For Scovel, see George R. Prowell's The History of Camden County, New Jersey (Philadelphia: L. J. Richards, 1886).


  • 1. This letter is addressed: Walt Whitman | 238 Mickle | Camden NJ. It is postmarked: CAMDEN, N.J. | OCT 6 | 6 AM | 90. [back]
  • 2. Little is known of Albright, who is mentioned several times in Horace Traubel's With Walt Whitman in Camden; he was apparently associated with the Philadelphia Public Ledger. [back]
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