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Walt Whitman to the Editor of Once A Week, 25 January 1891

Yes, inclined favorably—If you have any definite subject, or any thing special might indicate it2—Send me two or three papers by mail3

Walt Whitman

Nugent Robinson (1838–1904) was a journalist and editor from Dublin, Ireland. After graduating from Trinity College, he served an apprenticeship in London and worked as a correspondent for the Daily Chronicle during the Franco-German War. He moved to the United States in 1876, and he edited Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, Once a Week, and, later, Collier's Weekly. Robinson was apparently highly regarded among writers like Julian Hawthorne and James Whitcomb Riley, and he authored a number of books himself, including a farce and works on history. For more information, see "Nugent Robinson," Collier's 32.14 (January 9, 1904), 20.


  • 1. This letter is addressed: Editor | Once-a-Week | Warren st Paper | New York City. It is postmarked: CAMDEN, N.J. | Jan 25 | 5 PM | 91; P.O.N.Y. | (?) 25-91 | 11-15 | 6 (?). [back]
  • 2. Whitman seems to be responding to a previous request for a piece or pieces of writing from Nugent Robinson, the editor of Once a Week. Once a Week was a New York magazine founded by Irish immigrant Peter Fenelon Collier (1849–1909) in 1888. For more information on the magazine, see Susan Belasco's "Once a Week." [back]
  • 3. Four months later, on May 19, 1891, Melville Phillips, an editor at Munyon's Illustrated World, wrote to Whitman, noting that Nugent Robinson of Once a Week had asked Phillips to "get him some verse." Whitman published two poems—"On, On the Same, Ye Jocund Twain" and "Unseen Buds"—in the June 1891 issue of Once a Week. [back]
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