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John F. Burke and Aubrey D. Hiles to Walt Whitman, 2 March 1891

 loc_jm.00080.jpg Mr. Walt. Whitman, Camden, New Jersey. Dear Sir:—

After waiting in vain for some time for my Stationer here to obtain for me copy of your "Democratic Vistas,"1 I take the liberty of asking you where I can obtain copy, or of stating that if you will send me copy of same with [cut-away] I will [cut-away]


John F. Burke and Aubrey D. Hiles were both attorneys who shared an office on Water Street in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Burke specialized in mercantile collections and commercial law, and Hiles also focused on mercantile collections (Hubbell's Legal Directory for Lawyers and Business Men [New York: The Hubbell Legal Directory Company, 1892], 218).


  • 1. Whitman's Democratic Vistas was first published in 1871 in New York by J.S. Redfield. The volume was an eighty-four-page pamphlet based on three essays, "Democracy," "Personalism," and "Orbic Literature," all of which Whitman intended to publish in the Galaxy magazine. Only "Democracy" and "Personalism" appeared in the magazine. For more information on Democratic Vistas, see Arthur Wrobel, "Democratic Vistas [1871]," Walt Whitman: An Encyclopedia, ed. J.R. LeMaster and Donald D. Kummings (New York: Garland Publishing, 1998). [back]
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