In Whitman's Hand


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Title: Why should I subscribe money

Creator: Walt Whitman

Date: Between 1850 and 1860

Whitman Archive ID: nyp.00089

Source: The Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature, New York Public Library. Transcribed from digital images of the original. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of manuscripts, see our statement of editorial policy.

Editorial note: Whitman may have drafted this manuscript between 1850 and 1855, as he was composing the first (1855) edition of Leaves of Grass. Language in the manuscript bears some similarity to language in the first poem in that edition, eventually titled "Song of Myself."

Related item: A poetry draft on the back of this manuscript may relate to "Song of Myself." See nyp.00089.

Contributors to digital file: Stephanie Blalock, Caitlin Henry, Nicole Gray, John Owen Havard, and Chris Forster

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Why should I subscribe money to build a some general's hero's statue ? for
the greatest

That butcher boy with is just as great a hero

He does not know what fear is

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