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Walt Whitman to the editors of the New Orleans Picayune, 17 January 1887


The "Press" newspaper of Philadelphia has just sent over to say to me that they would like to have the article "New Orleans in 1848"2 (MS. sent on by me) to print it in their columns—with your permission—Jan. 25, giving you due credit, & saying it appears in your columns that day—So if agreeable send them an early proof, for that purpose—address "R W Kerswell, "Press" newspaper Philadelphia"—(I have just promised Mr K to write the foregoing)—

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As yet we have no information about this correspondent.


  • 1. This letter is addressed: Editor Picayune | newspaper | New Orleans | Louisiana. It is postmarked: Camden | Jan | 17 | 8 PM | 1887 | N.J.; Philadelphia, Pa. | Jan | 17 | 9 PM | 1887 | Transit. [back]
  • 2. On January 11 Walt Whitman had received a request from the Picayune for an account of his experiences in New Orleans, which was to appear on January 25, the newspaper's "fiftieth year edition" (Prose Works 1892, ed. by Floyd Stovall, 2 vols. [1963–1964], 605). The poet sent the article on January 16 and received $25 (Whitman's Commonplace Book, Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.). [back]
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