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Walt Whitman to Jeannette L. Gilder, 7 December [1882]

Dear Miss Gilder

Yours rec'd—and I send you some thoughts of mine on Burns—(a much belabored subject—but I wanted to have my say)—Will make two & a half pages—I sh'd like $20 for it2

If you take it to print in next send me proof by Monday or Tuesday of next week & I will return same evening—

Walt Whitman


  • 1. Possibly an envelope in the Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection, New York Public Library, belongs with this letter. The envelope is addressed: J L & J B Gilder | Critic | office | 30 Lafayette Place | New York City. It is postmarked: Camden | Dec(?) | 7 | 5 PM | (?); P. O. | (?) 8(?)-82 | (?) | (?). [back]
  • 2. "Robert Burns" appeared in The Critic on December 16. Whitman received $15 for the article (Whitman's Commonplace Book, Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.). With additions he republished it as "Robert Burns as Poet and Person" in The North American Review, 143 (1886), 427–435, and in November Boughs (Philadelphia: David McKay, 1888), 57–64. [back]
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