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Sir Edwin Arnold to Walt Whitman, 12 September 1889


Sir Edwin Arnold, who is passing through Philadelphia to-morrow, (Friday) desires to express in person to Mr Walt Whitman his great admiration and gratitude, and will take leave to call upon him at Camden, in the  loc_as.00173_large.jpg afternoon or early evening

 loc_as.00171_large.jpg Edwin Arnold2  loc_as.00172_large.jpg

Sir Edwin Arnold (1832–1904), the British poet and journalist, had visited Whitman in Camden in September 1889 and wrote frequently about it. See for example, "Arnold and Whitman," which was published in the September 26, 1889, issue of The Daily Picayune. Whitman found the visitor interesting but too effusive: "My main objection to him, if objection at all, would be, that he is too eulogistic—too flattering" (Horace Traubel, With Walt Whitman in Camden, Friday, September 13, 1889).


  • 1. This letter is addressed: Mr Walt Whitman | Camden | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania U.S.A. Edwin Arnold. It is postmarked: Washington. D.C. | SEP 12 | 430 PM | 89; RECEIVED 2 | SEP | 12 | 12PM | 1889 | PHILA.; Camden. N.J. | SEP | 13 | 6 AM | 1889 | Rec'd. [back]
  • 2. This signature is written on the front of the envelope that Arnold addressed to Whitman. [back]
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