In Whitman's Hand


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Title: do nothing but lose from

Creator: Walt Whitman

Date: Between 1850 and 1860

Whitman Archive ID: yal.00457

Source: Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript 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: As this brief scrap of prose deals with the spread of slavery, it most likely dates from the 1850s.

Related item: This cancelled prose note is written on the back of two pasted-together manuscript scraps. See yal.00441.

Contributors to digital file: Kirsten Clawson, Nicole Gray, Janel Cayer, Kenneth M. Price, and Kevin McMullen

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[cut away] do nothing but lose from the spread of slavery;—[cut away] can get nothing but gain from the spread of its opposite, free institutions.—

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