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Walt Whitman to General James Grant Wilson, 21 May 1879

[Walt Whitman thanked Wilson for two books, one a gift, the other to be returned; the latter request Whitman would comply with after his return to Camden.]1

General James Grant Wilson (see the letter from Whitman to Wilson of May 21, 1879) was an editor, author, and bookseller. He was a Brevet Brigadier General in the Civil War; later, he served as President of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society and as an editor for Appleton's. He was a frequent contributor to periodicals, and he wrote or edited numerous works, including Bryant and His Friends (1886), a four-volume Memorial History of New York (1892–1893), and a biography titled Life of Fitz-Green Halleck (1869). For more information on Wilson and a more complete list of his principal works, see "General James Grant Wilson," Makers of New York: An Historical Work Giving Portraits and Sketches of the Most Eminent Citizens of New York, edited by Charles Morris (Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1894), 103.


  • 1. The date and summary of the letter are drawn from a catalog put out by Anderson Galleries for a sale on December 8, 1927. The location of this manuscript is presently unknown. [back]
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