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Walt Whitman to George W. Childs, 12 December [1878]

My dear friend

As the holidays come on I would like to make to from 40 to 50 [incomplete]


  • 1. According to his Commonplace Book, Whitman sent a note on December 12 to George W. Childs (1824–1894), co-owner of the Philadelphia Public Ledger, and on December 17, he received "50 from G W C for the drivers' gloves" (Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.). At Christmas, Whitman sent gloves to friends, relatives, and various drivers. He apparently had enough gloves to give them as presents again in 1881. This draft letter appears on the verso of notes for "A County Auction." [back]
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