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Thomas W. Aston to Walt Whitman, 28 October 1889

 loc_as.00277_large.jpg Walt Whitman Esq, Camden N.J. Respected Sir,

My object in writing to you is simply to request that you would favor me with your autograph. I was in London Canada, in fact a resident there when you were a visitor and guest in that city. I was quite young then and since then have become quite familiar with your writings. If you should so favor me I shall always treasure the same as a valued momento of you.

Heartily wishing you all possible health and happiness.

I remain. Faithfully yours. T. W. Aston Memo for Mildred Bain. This is interesting. Walt's memos on the adverse of the sheet give the document extra rarity. Horace Traubel: 1910.  loc_as.00278_large.jpg  loc_as.00275_large.jpg  loc_as.00274_large.jpg

Thomas W. Aston (b. 1859) was a law student in London, Ontario, Canada, according to the 1881 Census of Canada.


  • 1. As yet we have no information about this person. [back]
  • 2. This letter is addressed: Walt Whitman Esq. | Camden. | N. J. It is postmarked: Harrisburg, PA. | 930AM | OC128 | []; Camden, N.J. | O[] | 28 | 4PM | 1889 | Rec'd. [back]
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