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Walt Whitman to Whitelaw Reid, 12 May [1879]

My dear Reid

If you put this in type perhaps you could send me a proof to-morrow Tuesday afternoon say by 2, (if convenient order it so, specifically)—It will make, I think, from 1½ to 1¾ columns—Can you use it in Wednesday's paper?1

I have another screed—Central Park jottings, &c2—which I think of offering you for Saturday's paper—I return to Camden in a few days—

Walt Whitman


  • 1. "Real Summer Openings," which appeared in the New York Tribune on Saturday, May 17, 1879, described Whitman's trip to John Burroughs's home. See the letter from Whitman to Herbert Gilchrist of April 29, 1879. [back]
  • 2. The piece was entitled "These May Afternoons" when it appeared in the Tribune on May 24, 1879. It discussed a visit to Central Park and to the "U.S. Minnesota." Much of the material later appeared in Specimen Days, ed. Floyd Stovall (New York: New York University Press, 1963), 196–202, 341–342. [back]
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