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Catalog of the Walt Whitman Literary Manuscripts in The Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839-1919, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Original records created by the Library of Congress; revised and expanded by The Walt Whitman Archive and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries. Encoded Archival Description completed with the assistance of the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, the University of Nebraska Research Council, the Institute for Museum and Library Services, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Title: Walt Whitman Literary Manuscripts in The Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839-1919, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Collection Number: MSS18630


Creator:  Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892


Collector:  Feinberg, Charles E.


Repository:  Library of Congress

Abstract:
This catalog was created from the original finding aid created by the Library of Congress and digital images created by the The Walt Whitman Archive. The original papers are held at the Library of Congress.

Scope and Content: 
The Feinberg-Whitman Collection includes materials relating to Walt Whitman's life and his literary career. Whitman's method of composition can be seen through a wide variety of material in the collection, including handwritten manuscript drafts, edited proofs and offprints, notebooks, diaries, and commonplace books. Materials in the collection illustrate Whitman's development as a writer and provide a strong foundation for scholarship in multiple areas of investigation.

In addition to a strong focus on Whitman's work, the collection also provides documents that relate to his personal life, including correspondence among family, friends, and colleagues. The correspondence includes several hundred letters written by Whitman as well as those he received. The collection also contains photographs and personal artifacts, such as Whitman's walking stick.

Charles Feinberg's correspondence relating to the quarterly Walt Whitman Review, documents pertaining to selected publications about Whitman, and items that detail exhibits based on items from the collection are also included. The collection also includes the papers of Richard Maurice Bucke, Charles E. Feinberg, John H. Johnston, William Douglas O'Connor, and Horace and Anne Montgomerie Traubel.

This catalog includes item-level descriptions of only those documents deemed poetry and/or prose manuscripts.

Biographical Information:
Charles Evan Feinberg was born on September 27, 1899 in London, England. He moved with his family to Peterborough, Ontario, Canada in his youth. As one of Samuel and Jane Stocker Feinberg's eight children, Feinberg began working at age twelve to help support his family. His formal education ended after the seventh grade, but he continued to educate himself independently, and he developed a keen interest in American literature, including,most significantly, Walt Whitman. He first read Whitman's poetry in William M. Rossetti's American Poems, and he began constructing his vast Whitman collection at age seventeen with the purchase of a letter for $7.50 (a third of Feinberg's weekly income).

Feinberg emigrated to the United States in 1923 and found a home in Detroit, Michigan. His work in the home heating oil industry provided the resources necessary to develop and expand his Whitman collection. Feinberg purchased letters, postcards, notebooks, and other items created by Whitman, which document the poet's life and literary career. His efforts resulted in the largest and most comprehensive Whitman collection in the world. In addition to Whitman materials, Feinberg also collected Judaica and the works of many other eminent writers, including Robert Frost.

Feinberg's independent work as a book collector and scholar earned him honorary doctorates in humane letters from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, the University of Detroit, and St. Thomas University in Miami, and the S. Y. Agnon Gold Medal for intellectual achievement from Hebrew University. He wrote articles on Whitman and regularly guest-lectured in college classrooms.

Feinberg, who claimed to be a "custodian, not a possessor" of his vast collection, variously sold and donated the materials in this collection over a number of years. He died in 1988.

For additional biographical information, see "Walt Whitman," by Ed Folsom and Kenneth M. Price, and the chronology of Whitman's Life.

Subjects:
Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892;  Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892--Manuscripts; Poets, American--19th century



Whitman Archive Title: 1645–6
Whitman Archive ID: loc.06010
Series: Oversize
Box: OV 11
Folder: 1888, "Elias Hicks"
Date: about 1888
Genre: prose
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: These notes are based on Whitman's reading of the third volume of George L. Craik and Charles Macfarlane's The Pictorial History of England (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1848). He incorporated some of this information into his essay "Notes (such as they are) founded on Elias Hicks," which was first published in November Boughs (1888) and later reprinted in Complete Prose Works (1892). Whitman planned to write an essay about Elias Hicks for many years. While finishing preparations for the printing of November Boughs, Whitman told Horace Traubel, "Some of these bits were written as many as thirty years ago. Some of them I have written within the past year. They are a miscellaneous lot but they all belong in the same stream." (See Traubel, With Walt Whitman in Camden, 2: 42.) The present manuscript is stored together with many other manuscripts on the topics of Elias Hicks and Quakerism. Those that directly contributed to the published essay are described separately. Those whose relationship to the published essay are unclear are not included at this stage of our work.



Whitman Archive Title: ? Last Words
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00212
Series: Literary File
Box: 27
Folder: Last Words (1889). A.MS. drafts.
Date: about 1889
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: Draft of an unpublished poem which was also titled, in other manuscript drafts, "The last" and "Recapitulation." The draft was written on the back of a letter from D. H. Kenaga, dated April 9, 1889.



Whitman Archive Title: ?Some Hours of a half Paralytic
Whitman Archive ID: loc.03275
Series: Literary File
Box: 29
Folder: Supplement Hours. A.MS. drafts.
Date: about 1881
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: Drafts and trial lines for the poem published posthumously as "Supplement Hours" in 1897.



Whitman Archive Title: A Book of "Contemporaneous Notes."
Whitman Archive ID: loc.01035
Series: Literary File
Box: 36
Folder: Undated, "Notes on Richard M. Bucke's Book," draft
Date: 1881
Genre: prose
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: A draft notice describing Richard M. Bucke's plans to publish a book titled, Contemporaneous Notes of Walt Whitman. This notice appeared unsigned in the 2 November 1881 issue of the Boston Evening Transcript under the heading, "Personal."



Whitman Archive Title: A Christmas Greeting
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00007
Series: Literary File
Box: 26
Folder: A Christmas Greeting (1889). A.MS. drafts.
Date: about 1889
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 20 x 23.5 cm, handwritten
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Content: This manuscript of "A Christmas Greeting" was apparently intended for the printer, as there are few alterations. In right hand corner is notation in red: "if convenient let me have proof by noon." In left hand corner (in pencil) is the name "Horace Traubel." The poem was first published in 1889.



Whitman Archive Title: A Christmas Greeting
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00010
Series: Literary File
Box: 26
Folder: A Christmas Greeting (1889). Proof Sheets.
Date: about 1889
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 13.5 x 18.5 cm, printed, handwritten
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Content: A proof of "A Christmas Greeting" with several corrections.



Whitman Archive Title: A Christmas Greeting
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00011
Series: Literary File
Box: 26
Folder: A Christmas Greeting (1889). Proof Sheets.
Date: about 1889
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 13.5 x 18.5 cm, handwritten
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Content: A proof with three emendations and a notation by Horace Traubel: "See notes 1/29/90."



Whitman Archive Title: A Clear Midnight
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00062
Series: Literary File
Box: 26
Folder: A Clear Midnight (1881). A.MS. Draft.
Date: about 1880
Genre: poetry, prose
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 19.5 x 14.5 cm, handwritten
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Content: A draft of "A Clear Midnight," written on the back of a letter from "A. Williams" dated December 2, 1880. The poem was first published in 1881.



Whitman Archive Title: A Death-Bouquet
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00187
Series: Literary File
Box: 26
Folder: A Death-Bouquet (1890). A.MS. draft.
Date: about 1890
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 25 x 19.5 cm, handwritten
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Content: A five-line draft of a poem, entitled "A Death-Bouquet," which was never published and has an unknown relationship to Whitman's published work. A subtitle reads "Fresh pick'd noon time early January, 1890, By Walt Whitman." These lines bear some relation to Whitman's brief essay of the same name.



Whitman Archive Title: A Kiss to the Bride
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00207
Series: Literary File
Box: 27
Folder: A Kiss to the Bride (May 21, 1874?). Printed Copy.
Date: May, 1874
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 12.5 x 10 cm, handwritten
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Content: A clipped copy of the poem "A Kiss to the Bride" pasted on a larger sheet with a note in Whitman's hand reading, "Marriage of Nelly Grant, (Mrs. Sartoris) the President's daughter, May 2nd, 1874." The poem was first published in the New York Daily Graphic, May 21, 1874. This clipping appears to from the poem's reprinting, two days later, in the same newspaper.



Whitman Archive Title: A Riddle Song
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00015
Series: Literary File
Box: 29
Folder: A Riddle Song (1881). A.MS. drafts.
Date: 1880
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 22 x 12 cm, handwritten
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Content: A draft of the first five lines of "A Riddle Song," first published in 1880. The draft is written in ink on a surface made by pasting three smaller pieces together. Another small fourth scrap is pasted to the opposite side.



Whitman Archive Title: A Riddle Song
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00290
Series: Literary File
Box: 29
Folder: A Riddle Song (1881). Proof Sheets.
Date: about 1880
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, printed, handwritten
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Content: Proof sheet of "A Riddle Song," first published in 1880, with corrections in Whitman's hand.



Whitman Archive Title: A Sermon Preached in the Central Reformed Protestant Dutch Church, Brooklyn, on Sabbath Morning, the 27th Day of July, 1851
Whitman Archive ID: loc.03784
Series: Miscellany
Box: 48
Folder: 13
Date: 1851 and about 1862
Genre: prose
Physical Description: , handwritten, printed
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Content: Whitman's copy of this booklet, published in 1851, with handwritten annotations on several pages. The longest of these notes, which appears on p. 2 of the appendix, constitutes a draft of a passage that Whitman incorporated into the ninth number of his "Brooklyniana" series, which was published in the Brooklyn Standard on February 1, 1862. Only those pages bearing Whitman's annotations are currently linked from this record.



Whitman Archive Title: A Thought of Columbus
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00328
Series: Literary File
Box: 29
Folder: A Thought of Columbus (1892). A.MS. drafts.
Date: 1892
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: A complete draft of "A Thought of Columbus" written on two long strips of various fragments pasted together and three smaller pieces. According to Horace Traubel, this was the last poem Whitman wrote. It was published first in 1892.



Whitman Archive Title: A Thought of Columbus
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00333
Series: Literary File
Box: 29
Folder: A Thought of Columbus (1892). A.MS. drafts.
Date: about 1892
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: A draft of lines for "A Thought of Columbus." According to Horace Traubel, this was the last poem Whitman wrote. It was published first in 1892.



Whitman Archive Title: A Twilight Song
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00318
Series: Literary File
Box: 30
Folder: A Twilight Song (1890). Proof Sheets.
Date: about 1890
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 20.25 x 18.5 cm, handwritten
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Content: Proof of "A Twilight Song," which was first published in 1890, with corrections in Whitman's hand and with notes from both Whitman and the printer.



Whitman Archive Title: A Twilight Song
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00351
Series: Literary File
Box: 30
Folder: A Twilight Song (1890). Proof Sheets.
Date: about 1890
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 20.25 x 18.5 cm, handwritten
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Content: Proof of "A Twilight Song," which was first published in 1890, with notes in Whitman's hand.



Whitman Archive Title: A Twilight Song
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00352
Series: Literary File
Box: 30
Folder: A Twilight Song (1890). Proof Sheets.
Date: about 1890
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 20.25 x 18.5 cm, handwritten
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Content: Proof of "A Twilight Song," which was first published in 1890, with a note in Whitman's hand.



Whitman Archive Title: After All, Not to Create Only
Whitman Archive ID: loc.05680
Series: Literary File
Box: 25
Folder: After All, Not to Create Only (1871). Proof Sheets
Date: about 1871
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: both 11 leaves, handwritten
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Content: Proof sheets printed by Pearson, Washington. Whitman made only one correction (see surface 11). "After All, Not to Create Only" was first published in 1871. It was later revised and the title was changed to "Song of the Exposition."



Whitman Archive Title: After Twenty Years
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00176
Series: Literary File
Box: 26
Folder: After Twenty Years (1888). Proof Sheets.
Date: about 1888
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 18.5 x 15.5 cm, handwritten
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Content: Written in ink at the top of a proof of "After Twenty Years," are six words: "From the English Magazine of Art." This poem was published under the title "Twenty Years" in 1888.



Whitman Archive Title: After all, not to create only
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00382
Series: Literary File
Box: 25
Folder: After All, Not to Create Only (1871). Manuscript Drafts and Notes.
Date: about 1871
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 30 leaves, largest 25 x 20 cm, handwritten
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Content: Bound manuscript of "After all, not to create only." Although the manuscript contains many revisions, it appears to be relatively near the final draft. Whitman wrote this poem following a request by the Committee on Invitations of the American Institute to deliver an original poem at the opening of the Fortieth Annual Exhibition. "After All, Not to Create Only" was first published in 1871. It was later revised and the title changed to "Song of the Exposition."



Whitman Archive Title: After the Argument
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00001
Series: Literary File
Box: 26
Folder: After the Argument (1891). A.MS.S. draft
Date: about 1891
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 9.5 x 21.5 cm, handwritten
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Content: A draft of "After the Argument." The poem was published first in Lippincott's Magazine, March, 1891.



Whitman Archive Title: After the Dazzle of Day
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00002
Series: Literary File
Box: 26
Folder: After the Dazzle of Day (1888). A.MS. draft
Date: about 1888
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 14 x 14.5 cm, handwritten
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Content: This four-line poem was first published in the New York Herald, February 3, 1888. In the lower right-hand corner is the notation: "For Francis Howard Williams, May 1896, Traubel."



Whitman Archive Title: After the Supper and Talk
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00004
Series: Literary File
Box: 26
Folder: After the Supper and Talk (1888). A.MS. drafts
Date: 1887
Genre: poetry, prose
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 28 x 25.5 cm, handwritten
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Content: Signed draft of the poem, which was first published in 1887. On the verso is a proof sheet from "After All, Not to Create Only" with one correction.



Whitman Archive Title: After the Supper and Talk
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00175
Series: Literary File
Box: 26
Folder: After the Supper and talk (1887). Proof Sheets.
Date: about 1887
Genre: poetry, prose
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 12 x 15 cm, handwritten
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Content: A proof of "After the Supper and Talk," with corrections (all punctuation) in ink and two words written in purple pencil: "30 Copies." This poem was published first in 1887.



Whitman Archive Title: Ah, Not This Granite Dead and Cold
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00067
Series: Literary File
Box: 26
Folder: Ah, Not This Granite Dead and Cold (1885). Proof Sheets.
Date: about 1885
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 24.5 x 15 cm, handwritten
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Content: Proof with Whitman's holograph corrections. Published first under this title in 1885. Later published as "Washington's Monument, February, 1885."



Whitman Archive Title: Airs of Lilac Time
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00145
Series: Notes and Notebooks
Box: 39
Folder: Literary, 1870? Airs of Lilac Time
Date: about 1870
Genre: poetry, prose
Physical Description: 4 leaves, handwritten
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Content: A bound notebook with a title page reading "Airs of Lilac Time for 1870, '71, &c" and two pages with lists of words and a few trial lines.



Whitman Archive Title: America
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00006
Series: Literary File
Box: 26
Folder: America (1888). A.MS. Draft.
Date: undated
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 18.5 x 21.5 cm, handwritten
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Content: Despite the title, this manuscript does not appear to be a draft of the poem, "America," published in 1888, but it has been published separately and posthumously as "[America]" and begins "No Homer, Shakspere, Voltaire." This manuscript was likely composed in the last two decades of Whitman's career (roughly 1870-1892) when he was more apt to mention other writers explicitly in his poetry.



Whitman Archive Title: America to Old World Bards
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00047
Series: Literary File
Box: 26
Folder: America to Old World Bards (1891). A.MS. drafts.
Date: 1890-1891
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 6 leaves, handwritten
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Content: Written in ink on the inside of four discarded envelopes, one letter, and a sheet made by pasting together the insides of three discarded envelopes (all sent to Whitman in September and October 1890), entitled "America to Old-World Bards: A reminiscence from reading Walter Scott," published as "Old Chants" in 1891.



Whitman Archive Title: An Old Man's Recitatives
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00230
Series: Literary File
Box: 28
Folder: Old Age Recitatives (1891). Proof Sheets.
Date: about 1890
Genre: poetry, prose
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 36.5 x 19.5 cm, handwritten
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Content: Proofs of four poems pasted together and collected under the main handwritten title "An Old Man's Recitatives." The poems included are: "Ancient songs reciting" (published as "Old Chants" in 1891), "Grand is the seen" (first published in 1891), "Death dogs my steps" (published as part of "L. of G.'s Purport" in 1891), and "For us two, reader dear," first published in 1891. A note in Whitman's hand in the right margin details failed attempts to publish this grouping in Scribner's.



Whitman Archive Title: Antietam, Manassas
Whitman Archive ID: loc.01780
Series: Notes and Notebooks
Box: 41
Folder: Undated, War Notes
Date: 1870–1880
Genre: poetry, prose
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: A list of Civil War battles that includes a draft of a poetic line with no known connection to Whitman's published work.



Whitman Archive Title: As One by One Withdraw the Lofty Actors
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00178
Series: Literary File
Box: 26
Folder: As One by One Withdraw the Lofty Actors (1885). Printed Copy—Camden Post, May 15, 1885.
Date: May 15, 1885
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 54.5 x 36 cm, handwritten
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Content: A page of The Post, Camden, N.J., 15 May 1885. Written in pencil in the margin at the top of front page are five words in Whitman's hand: "As one by one Withdraw." The Library of Congress's description of the item mentions that page three of the newspaper includes a reprint from Harper's Weekly of "As One by One Withdraw the Lofty Actors"; however, only one page of the newspaper is currently in the folder. "As One by One Withdraw the Lofty Actors" was later published as "Death of General Grant."



Whitman Archive Title: As One by One Withdraw the Lofty Actors
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00179
Series: Literary File
Box: 26
Folder: As One by One Withdraw the Lofty Actors. Proof Sheets.
Date: about 1885
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 16.5 x 15 cm, handwritten
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Content: Written in pencil at the bottom of a proof of "As One by One Withdraw the Lofty Actors," a thirteen-line poem on President Grant's death, with a printed signature, four words: "Harper's Weekly, May 16." On the verso in another hand is "tr Nov 20 1885." Pasted on the verso is a small piece of paper, 5.25 x 10.75 cm, on which is written: "This fragment of Whitman's, Mr. (John) Burroughs sent me recently, with a lot of old papers & letters. As it has a memorandum in WW's hand, I know you will like to have it. C(lara).B(arrus)." This poem, published first in 1885, was also published as "Death of General Grant."



Whitman Archive Title: As One by One Withdraw the Lofty Actors
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00180
Series: Literary File
Box: 26
Folder: As One by One Withdraw the Lofty Actors. Proof Sheets.
Date: about 1885
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: Signed proof of the thirteen-line poem, "As One by One Withdraw the Lofty Actors," first published in 1885, later published as "Death of General Grant."



Whitman Archive Title: As One by One Withdraw the Lofty Actors
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00492
Series: Literary File
Box: 26
Folder: As One by One Withdraw the Lofty Actors. Proof Sheets.
Date: about 1885
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: Annotated proof of the thirteen-line poem, "As One by One Withdraw the Lofty Actors," first published in 1885, later published as "Death of General Grant." This proof includes a notation suggesting the printed signature be moved to the left and that three words, "in Harper's Weekly," be inserted.



Whitman Archive Title: As in a Swoon
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00177
Series: Literary File
Box: 26
Folder: As In A Swoon. Proof.
Date: about 1876
Genre: poetry, prose
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 6.5 x 12.5 cm, printed, handwritten
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Content: A proof pasted on another sheet of paper, with seven words in Whitman's hand: "Walt Whitman, (discarded from last booklet.)" "As in a Swoon" was published first in 1876.



Whitman Archive Title: As the Greek's Signal Flame
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00493
Series: Literary File
Box: 26
Folder: As The Greek's Signal Flame (1887). Proof Sheets.
Date: about 1887
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 12 x 15.25 cm, printed, handwritten
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Content: At the top of a proof of "As the Greek's Signal Flame" are nine words: "If convenient put in paper of Saturday Dec. 17."



Whitman Archive Title: Ashes of Roses
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00050
Series: Literary File
Box: 26
Folder: Ashes of Roses. A.MS. drafts and notes.
Date: about 1870
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 2 leaves, 23.5 x 13.5 and 10 x 13.5 cm, handwritten
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Content: Poem draft, parts of which have been printed as "? Ashes of Roses." The manuscript may bear a relationship to "Ashes of Soldiers," a poem published first in 1865 as "Hymn of Dead Soldiers" in Drum-Taps. It was only in 1871 that Whitman added the imagery of ashes to this poem. The manuscript was likely composed around 1870-1871, when Whitman was revising and expanding the poem for republication. Alternatively, the manuscript may be a draft of a unique poetic work unpublished in Whitman's lifetime.



Whitman Archive Title: Autumn Rivulets
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00181
Series: Literary File
Box: 26
Folder: Autumn Rivulets (1881). Proof Sheets.
Date: about 1881
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: A proof of "As Consequent, Etc.," with cancelled title. This proof is housed at the Library of Congress with another, similarly marked, proof of "As Consequent, Etc." (Whitman Archive ID: loc.00494) and unmarked proofs of the following poems: "From Far Dakota's Cañons," "A Farm Picture," "What Best I See on Thee" (U.S. Grant), "The Sobbing of the Bells," "Italian Music in Dakota," "By Broad Potomac's Shore," "Excelsior," "With All thy Gifts," "To Rich Givers," "The Dalliance of the Eagles," "Tears," "After the Sea-Ship," "Aboard at a Ship's Helm," and "Thick-Sprinkled Bunting." "As Consequent, Etc." was published first in 1881.



Whitman Archive Title: Autumn Rivulets
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00494
Series: Literary File
Box: 26
Folder: Autumn Rivulets (1881). Proof Sheets.
Date: about 1881
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: A proof of "As Consequent, Etc.," with cancelled title. This proof is housed at the Library of Congress with another, similarly marked, proof of "As Consequent, Etc." (Whitman Archive ID: loc.00181) and unmarked proofs of the following poems: "From Far Dakota's Cañons," "A Farm Picture," "What Best I See on Thee" (U.S. Grant), "The Sobbing of the Bells," "Italian Music in Dakota," "By Broad Potomac's Shore," "Excelsior," "With All thy Gifts," "To Rich Givers," "The Dalliance of the Eagles," "Tears," "After the Sea-Ship," "Aboard at a Ship's Helm," and "Thick-Sprinkled Bunting." "As Consequent, Etc." was published first in 1881.



Whitman Archive Title: Behind this Mask
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00251
Series: Literary File
Box: 28
Folder: Out from Behind This Mask (1876). A.MS. draft.
Date: between 1873-1876
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 2 leaves, handwritten
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Content: Notes and trial lines for the poem "Out From Behind This Mask," first published in 1876, written on the verso of a letter to Whitman from Minnie Vincent, dated Utica, New York, December 11, 1873, asking for an autograph).



Whitman Archive Title: Bravo, Paris Exhibition!
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00056
Series: Literary File
Box: 26
Folder: Bravo, Paris Exposition! (1889). A.MS. drafts.
Date: about 1889
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 21 x 27.5 cm, handwritten
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Content: A draft of the poem published as "Bravo, Paris Exposition!" in 1889, with a diagonal line striking through the entire page.



Whitman Archive Title: Bravo, Paris Exhibition!
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00057
Series: Literary File
Box: 26
Folder: Bravo, Paris Exposition! (1889). A.MS. drafts.
Date: about 1889
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 21 x 27.5 cm, handwritten
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Content: Signed draft of a poem with a variation in line 1 from the printed version. On the verso, written in pencil: "Can you use this? Put it under the "Personal" head like you did a year ago? "The price is $10, which please send me by mail here." In ink is the start of another sentence: "If you don't want it." The poem was published under the title "Bravo, Paris Exposition!" in 1889.



Whitman Archive Title: Bravo, Paris Exposition!
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00058
Series: Literary File
Box: 26
Folder: Bravo, Paris Exposition! (1889). Proof Sheets.
Date: about 1889
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 11.5 x 15 cm, handwritten
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Content: A proof sheet of "Bravo, Paris Exposition!" with corrections in Whitman's hand. "Bravo, Paris Exposition!" was published in 1889.



Whitman Archive Title: Bravo, Paris Exposition!
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00059
Series: Literary File
Box: 26
Folder: Bravo, Paris Exposition! (1889). Proof Sheets.
Date: about 1889
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 11.5 x 15 cm, handwritten
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Content: A proof sheet of "Bravo, Paris Exposition!" with corrections in Whitman's hand. "Bravo, Paris Exposition!" was published in 1889.



Whitman Archive Title: Bravo, Paris Exposition!
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00060
Series: Literary File
Box: 26
Folder: Bravo, Paris Exposition! (1889). Proof Sheets.
Date: about 1889
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 11.5 x 15 cm, handwritten
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Content: A proof sheet of "Bravo, Paris Exposition!" with corrections in Whitman's hand. At the top is a note reading "See notes, Oct 31, '89." "Bravo, Paris Exposition!" was published in 1889.



Whitman Archive Title: Bravo, Paris Exposition!
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00061
Series: Literary File
Box: 26
Folder: Bravo, Paris Exposition! (1889). Proof Sheets.
Date: about 1889
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: A proof sheet of "Bravo, Paris Exposition!" with corrections in Whitman's hand. At the top is a note in Traubel's hand: "Rec'd from W.W. Sept 30, '89". "Bravo, Paris Exposition!" was published in 1889.



Whitman Archive Title: Brooklyn theatres
Whitman Archive ID: loc.04742
Series: Notes and Notebooks
Date: about 1862
Genre: prose
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: Two paragraphs, lightly corrected, about the first theater building in Brooklyn. Whitman used this material in the eighth installment of "Brooklyniana; A Series of Local Articles, on Past and Present." This series was published in the Brooklyn Standard between June 3, 1861 and November 1, 1862. "Brooklyniana, No. 13" appeared on January 25, 1862.



Whitman Archive Title: By Thine Own Lips, O Sea
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00012
Series: Literary File
Box: 26
Folder: By Thine Own Lips, O Sea (1883). A.MS. draft.
Date: about 1884
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 26 x 20.5 cm, handwritten
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Content: An early draft of "With Husky-Haughty Lips, O Sea!" The poem was published in Harper's Monthly, March, 1884,



Whitman Archive Title: Certainties, Faith, Counterbalances, Alternation
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00075
Series: Literary File
Box: 26
Folder: Certainties, Faith, Counterbalances, Alternation. A.MS. draft.
Date: between 1882-1888
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 25 x 20 cm, handwritten
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Content: Written in ink on the verso of a discarded letter (cancelled by a diagonal strike) from Talcott Williams, this draft appears to be trial lines for the poem later published as "Continuities" in the New York Herald, March 20, 1888.



Whitman Archive Title: Cluster of Sonnet Poems
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00172
Series: Notes and Notebooks
Box: 40
Folder: Literary, Undated, These Days
Date: undated
Genre: poetry, prose
Physical Description: 2 leaves, handwritten
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Content: Notes for a "Cluster of Sonnet Poems" about the "splendor and copiousness of These Days."



Whitman Archive Title: Columbus
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00335
Series: Literary File
Box: 29
Folder: A Thought of Columbus (1892). A.MS. drafts.
Date: 1892
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: A brown envelope that Horace Traubel said contained the manuscript of "A Thought of Columbus" that Whitman gave him shortly before he died in 1892.



Whitman Archive Title: Columbus Prayer (ad 1503)
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00270
Series: Literary File
Box: 28
Folder: Prayer of Columbus (1874). A.MS. draft and notes.
Date: about 1874
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: Notes on the title of the poem that became "Prayer of Columbus," first published in 1874.



Whitman Archive Title: Columbus Prayers (ad 1503)
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00271
Series: Literary File
Box: 28
Folder: Prayer of Columbus (1874). A.MS. draft and notes.
Date: about 1874
Genre: poetry, prose
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: A draft of lines from "Prayer of Columbus," first published in 1874. On the verso is prose concerning "Nationality" and "Cohesion."



Whitman Archive Title: Come, Muse, migrate from Greece and Ionia
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00380
Series: Literary File
Box: 25
Folder: After All, Not to Create Only (1871). Manuscript Drafts and Notes.
Date: about 1871
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 4 leaves, handwritten
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Content: Four pages of lines later revised and included in "After All, Not to Create Only," first published 1871. That poem was later revised and the title changed to "Song of the Exposition."



Whitman Archive Title: Come, Muse, migrate from Greece and Ionia
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00383
Series: Literary File
Box: 25
Folder: After All, Not to Create Only (1871). Manuscript Drafts and Notes.
Date: about 1871
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 10 leaves, largest 25 x 20 cm, handwritten
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Content: A relatively clean draft titled "Come, Muse, migrate from Greece and Ionia." This material was later incorporated into "After All, Not to Create Only," first published in 1871. That poem was later revised and title changed to "Song of the Exposition."



Whitman Archive Title: Come, Said My Soul
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00183
Series: Literary File
Box: 26
Folder: Come, said my Soul… Proof with signature.
Date: 1881
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: Signed proof page with no annotations. On verso reads "Copyright 1881, By Walt Whitman, All rights reserved"



Whitman Archive Title: Complete Poems & Prose of Walt Whitman
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00044
Series: Literary File
Box: 19
Folder: Complete Poems and Prose (1888), Manuscript drafts, Title page
Date: about 1888
Genre: prose
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: A mock title page for Complete Poems & Prose of Walt Whitman, 1855–1888 Authenticated & Personal Book (handled by W.W.) Portraits from Life...Autograph (1888).



Whitman Archive Title: Death Dogs My Steps
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00120
Series: Literary File
Box: 26
Folder: Death Dogs My Steps (1890). A.MS. draft.
Date: about March 3, 1890
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 12 x 19 cm, handwritten
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Content: Draft of "Death Dogs My Steps" written in ink on the inside of a discarded and opened out envelope, addressed to Whitman from England, mailed in London February 21, 1890 and postmarked received in Camden March 3, 1890. The three lines later appeared as part of "L. of G.'s Purport," first published in 1891.



Whitman Archive Title: Death's Valley
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00189
Series: Literary File
Box: 26
Folder: Death's Valley (1889). A.MS. drafts and printed copies.
Date: about 1889
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 4 leaves, handwritten
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Content: A heavily marked-up draft of "Death's Valley," a poem requested by Harper's Magazine and submitted in 1889, but not published until 1892.



Whitman Archive Title: Diary in Canada
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00151
Series: Diaries, Diary Notes, and Address Books
Box: 2
Folder: June-Aug. 1880. Diary in Canada Vol. II.
Date: 1880
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: , handwritten
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Content: Whitman's diary from his trip to Canada in 1880. William White, in his edition of Whitman's Daybooks and Notebooks, noted a relationship between material in this notebook and the poem "The Pilot in the Mist."



Whitman Archive Title: Down, down, proud gorge
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00192
Series: Literary File
Box: 26
Folder: Down, Down, Proud Gorge. A.MS. draft.
Date: about 1889
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 28 x 21.5 cm, handwritten
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Content: A draft of a poem titled "Down, down, proud gorge." At the bottom of the same leaf is another draft of a poem entitled "Are they last words?" These drafts were later greatly revised and combined when published in 1889 with the title "To the Year 1889," later re-titled "To the Pending Year."



Whitman Archive Title: Ebb and Flood Tides
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00195
Series: Literary File
Box: 26
Folder: Ebb and Flood Tides A.MS. draft.
Date: undated
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 15 x 24.25 cm, handwritten
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Content: An unpublished poem written in ink on a pale tan piece of paper, heavily corrected.



Whitman Archive Title: Entering a long farm-lane
Whitman Archive ID: loc.01030
Series: Literary File
Box: 36
Folder: Undated, "A Long Farm-Lane," draft
Date: about 1882
Genre: prose
Physical Description: 2 leaves, handwritten
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Content: A draft of "Entering a Long Farm-Lane," which first appeared in Specimen Days & Collect (1882) before being collected in Complete Prose Works (1892).



Whitman Archive Title: Fancies at Navesink
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00327
Series: Literary File
Box: 27
Folder: Fancies at Navesink (1885). Proof Sheets.
Date: about 1885
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 48 x 15 cm, handwritten
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Content: An oversized proof of "Fancies at Navesink," a group of poems first published in 1885. The poems in this cluster are: "The Pilot in the Mist," "Had I the Choice," "You Tides with Ceaseless Swell," "Last of Ebb, and Daylight Waning," "Proudly the Flood Comes In," "By That Long Scan of Waves," and "Then Last of All." In this proof, the poems "Last of Ebb, and Daylight Waning" and "And Yet Not You Alone" are not separated, and "And Yet Not You Alone" appears as the final stanza of the first poem. This proof is grouped with two others at the Library of Congress. The proofs have no editorial corrections, but one (pictured here) is signed by Whitman and another contains a note in another hand reading, "from the papers of Walt Whitman given to Mosher by Traubel 1906."



Whitman Archive Title: For Queen Victoria's Birthday
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00198
Series: Literary File
Box: 27
Folder: For Queen Victoria's Birthday (1890). Proof Sheets
Date: about 1890
Genre: poetry, prose
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 24 x 15 cm, printed, handwritten
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Content: Proof of "For Queen Victoria's Birthday," with correction and note in Whitman's hand. This item is grouped with another proof at the Library of Congress, which includes no annotations in Whitman's hand but features a notation by Horace Traubel at the bottom.



Whitman Archive Title: From My Last Years
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00199
Series: Literary File
Box: 27
Folder: From My Last Years (1876). A.MS. draft.
Date: about 1876
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 23.75 x 13.75 cm, handwritten
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Content: A draft of "From My Last Years" written in ink on a sheet of stationery, with three lines crossed out with a blue pencil and one of the corrections in blue pencil. "From My Last Years" was published only once, in Two Rivulets, 1876.



Whitman Archive Title: From My Last Years
Whitman Archive ID: loc.04092
Series: Literary File
Box: 27
Folder: From My Last Years (1876). Printed Copies
Date: about 1876
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 5 x 13.25 cm, handwritten
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Content: Written in pencil on a scrap of paper cut from the bottom of a larger sheet to which has been attached a clipping of the poem, "From My Last Years," with corrections in the margin. The poem was published only in Two Rivulets, 1876, without these corrections.



Whitman Archive Title: Go forth, ye twain
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00069
Series: Literary File
Box: 28
Folder: On, On the Same, Ye Jocund Twain! (1891). A.MS. drafts.
Date: about 1890
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 3 leaves, handwritten
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Content: An early draft of "On, on the Same, Ye Jocund Twain!," which was published first in 1891. The draft is written on a letter from Albert Johannsen (dated March 22, 1890), and two opened envelopes (one postmarked April 27, 1890).



Whitman Archive Title: Go forth, ye twain
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00072
Series: Literary File
Box: 28
Folder: On, On the Same, Ye Jocund Twain! (1891). A.MS. drafts.
Date: about 1890
Genre: poetry, prose
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: A draft of "On, on the Same, Ye Jocund Twain!," which was published first in 1891. On the verso is a note in Whitman's hand reading "to my 2d & last Annex for L of G."



Whitman Archive Title: Going Somewhere
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00201
Series: Literary File
Box: 27
Folder: Going Somewhere (1887). Proof Sheets
Date: about 1887
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 15 x 16 cm, 15.5 x 15 cm, handwritten
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Content: Proof of "'Going Somewhere,'" first published in 1887. This proof has corrections and a note in Whitman's hand.



Whitman Archive Title: Good-Bye My Fancy
Whitman Archive ID: loc.05454
Series: Literary File
Box: OV 2
Folder: Good-Bye My Fancy (1891), Manuscript draft
Date: about 1891
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 78 leaves, handwritten, typed
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Content: This manuscripts contains 78 pages of text numbered by Whitman, and is housed along with other materials related to Good-Bye My Fancy. To assemble the manuscript for the printer Whitman used proof sheets, newspaper clippings, etc., between manuscript pages, which were written mostly on paper fragments. "A Death Bouquet" was written on a typewriter and inserted as part of the manuscript. Throughout, innumerable changes, corrections, and directions for the printer appear. The poems included are: "Sail Out for Good, Eidólon Yacht!," "Lingering Last Drops," "Good-bye My Fancy," "On, on the Same, Ye Jocund Twain!," "My 71st Year," "Apparitions," "The Pallid Wreath," "An Ended Day," "Old Age's Ship & Crafty Death's," "To the Pending Year" (earlier title "To the Year 1889" crossed out), "Shakspere-Bacon's Cipher," "Long, Long Hence" (earlier title "Under These Poemets" crossed out), "Bravo, Paris Exposition!" (earlier title "Bravo, Paris Exhibition!" crossed out), "Interpolation Sounds," "To the Sun-Set Breeze," "Old Chants," "A Christmas Greeting," "Sounds of the Winter," "A Twilight Song," "When the Full-grown Poet Came," "Osceola," "A Voice from Death," "A Persian Lesson," "The Commonplace," "'The Rounded Catalogue Divine Complete,'" "Mirages," "L. of G.'s Purport" (which includes three poems originally composed separately, "My task," "Death dogs my steps," and "For us two, reader dear"), "The Unexpress'd," "Grand is the Seen," "Unseen Buds," "Good-bye My Fancy!," "For Queen Victoria's Birthday," "Death's Valley," "After an Interval," "As in a Swoon," "L. of G.," and "After the Argument." Also included are several prose pieces. Also in this folder are a wrapper addressed to "Ferguson Bros. & Co; Printers, Phila.," two statements by Ferguson Bros. to Whitman, a statement dated May 18, 1891, by Grosscup and West, Phila. for the plates of Whitman's portrait to be included in the book (they had been ordered by Traubel), two trial title pages, and a proof portrait from the engraver.



Whitman Archive Title: Good-Bye My Fancy
Whitman Archive ID: loc.05452
Series: Literary File
Box: OV 2
Folder: Good-Bye My Fancy (1891), Manuscript draft
Date: about 1891
Genre: poetry, prose
Physical Description: about 10 leaves, handwritten, printed
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Content: Manuscript and corrected print material that was included in Good-Bye My Fancy (1891).



Whitman Archive Title: Good-Bye My Fancy
Whitman Archive ID: loc.05458
Series: Literary File
Date: 1891
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 14 leaves, printed, handwritten
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Content: Manuscript and corrected print material that was included in Good-Bye My Fancy (1891). Some leaves are composed of various scraps of paper, including envelopes and pieces of correspondence that have been pasted together to make larger leaves (see images 15 through 20).



Whitman Archive Title: Hendrik Hudson
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00952
Series: Literary File
Box: 35
Folder: "Brooklyniana: History of Brooklyn and Long Island," drafts and notes
Date: 1855–1861
Genre: prose
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: Notes on Hendrick Hudson that appear to have contributed to "Brooklyniana: A Series of Local Articles, on Past and Present. No. 2," Daily Standard (5 June 1861).



Whitman Archive Title: Hicks (1748–1830)
Whitman Archive ID: loc.03677
Series: Notes and Notebooks
Date: about 1888
Genre: prose
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: Notes on the life dates of various famous figures. Whitman used this information for "Notes (such as they are) founded on Elias Hicks," an essay that was first published in November Boughs (1888) and later reprinted in Complete Prose Works (1892). The fragmentary names at the top of the list are those of Thomas Jefferson and Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi. Whitman planned to write an essay about Elias Hicks for many years. While finishing preparations for the printing of November Boughs, Whitman told Horace Traubel, "Some of these bits were written as many as thirty years ago. Some of them I have written within the past year. They are a miscellaneous lot but they all belong in the same stream." (See Traubel, With Walt Whitman in Camden, 2: 42.) The present manuscript is stored together with many other manuscripts on the topics of Elias Hicks and Quakerism. Those that directly contributed to the published essay are described separately. Those whose relationship to the published essay are unclear are not included at this stage of our work.



Whitman Archive Title: Hist Brooklyn
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00963
Series: Literary File
Box: 35
Folder: "Brooklyniana: History of Brooklyn and Long Island," drafts and notes
Date: about 1862
Genre: prose
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: There is no known connection between the recto of this manuscript—treating Washington's visit to Brooklyn in the 1790s—and Whitman's published work. The verso of this manuscript contains cancelled notes on the establishment of the Hudson Avenue Hospital in the mid-1840s. Whitman wrote about the Hudson Avenue Hospital in "Brooklyniana. A Series of Local Articles, on Past and Present. No. 16," which appeared in the 29 March 1862 issue of the Brooklyn Standard. Though there are no direct textual links between the two, it is likely that these notes contributed to this piece of journalism.



Whitman Archive Title: Hospital book 12
Whitman Archive ID: loc.04695
Series: Diaries, Diary Notes, and Address Books
Box: 1
Folder: Diaries, 1863–1864, hospital notebooks, (2 vols.)
Date: 1864
Genre: prose
Physical Description: 40 leaves, handwritten
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Content: A homemade notebook containing hospital and Civil War notes that Whitman recorded between February and May 1864. The entry which begins, "I find this in my notes" (see images 35, 36, and 38) was revised and used in "Some War Memoranda. Jotted Down at the Time," which appeared in North American Review (January 1887). This piece was reprinted in November Boughs (1888) before being collected in Complete Prose Works (1892). The entry which begins, "ah if it might prove" (see image 64) was used in Memoranda During the War (1875–1876), and later appeared as "Down at the Front" in Specimen Days & Collect (1882–1883) before being collected in Complete Prose Works (1892).



Whitman Archive Title: I Saw Old General at Bay
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00202
Series: Literary File
Box: 27
Folder: I Saw Old General at Bay (1865). A.MS. draft.
Date: about 1865
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: A draft of "I Saw Old General at Bay," first published in 1865, written on two scraps pasted together to create one leaf. Part of one scrap has been lifted to show the lines written underneath.



Whitman Archive Title: If I Should Need To Name, O Western World
Whitman Archive ID: loc.04095
Series: Literary File
Box: 27
Folder: If I Should Need to Name, O Western World (1884). Printed Copy—Camden "Post," Oct. 28, 1884.
Date: October 28, 1884
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: Clipped copy of "If I Should Need to Name, O Western World" from the Camden, New Jersey, Post, October 28, 1884, with a note in Whitman's hand. This poem was later published with the title "Election Day, November, 1884."



Whitman Archive Title: If I should need to name, O Western World!
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00203
Series: Literary File
Box: 27
Folder: If I Should Need to Name, O Western World (1884). A.MS. draft and printer's instructions.
Date: October 1884
Genre: poetry, prose
Physical Description: 3 leaves, handwritten
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Content: Draft, lightly corrected, of "If I Should Need to Name, O Western World!" with a brief note containing instructions to the printer. These were probably sent to the Philadelphia Press, where, on October 26, 1884, the poem was first published. Whitman later retitled it "Election Day, November, 1884."



Whitman Archive Title: In writing my history of Brooklyn
Whitman Archive ID: loc.04741
Series: Notes and Notebooks
Date: about 1862
Genre: prose
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: Brief note regarding some general aspects of style that Whitman intended to employ in "Brooklyniana; A Series of Local Articles, on Past and Present," which was published in the Brooklyn Standard between June 3, 1861 and November 1, 1862.



Whitman Archive Title: Instructive, recurring back
Whitman Archive ID: loc.06084
Series: Oversize
Box: OV 11
Folder: 1888, "Elias Hicks"
Date: about 1888
Genre: prose
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: This manuscript about the life of George Fox, written in ink with some corrections in pencil, appears to be a draft introduction for the section headed "George Fox (and Shakspere)" in the essay "Notes (such as they are) founded on Elias Hicks." This essay was first published in November Boughs (1888) and later reprinted in Complete Prose Works (1892). Whitman abandoned the approach to his topic that is suggested in the first paragraph of the manuscript, but the paragraph indicated by the pointing hand, at the bottom of the manuscript, contains the kernel of a key paragraph in the published version. Whitman planned to write an essay about Elias Hicks for many years. While finishing preparations for the printing of November Boughs, Whitman told Horace Traubel, "Some of these bits were written as many as thirty years ago. Some of them I have written within the past year. They are a miscellaneous lot but they all belong in the same stream." (See Traubel, With Walt Whitman in Camden, 2: 42.) The present manuscript is stored together with many other manuscripts on the topics of Elias Hicks and Quakerism. Those that directly contributed to the published essay are described separately. Those whose relationship to the published essay are unclear are not included at this stage of our work.



Whitman Archive Title: Kentucky
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00206
Series: Literary File
Box: 27
Folder: Kentucky (1861). A.MS. draft.
Date: about 1861
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 6 leaves, 11.5 x 18.5 cm to 19.5 x 16 cm, handwritten
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Content: An unfinished poem, entitled "Kentucky," the title given three times, with "By Walt Whitman" on one of the pages (see image 3). On one of the pages is a fragment on the Mississippi River, which editors (beginning with James E. Miller, Jr.) have included as the last stanza of "Kentucky" (see image 1). On the verso of another page is a cancelled portion of a letter about Jesse Whitman's employment, from which the manuscript can be dated 1861 (see image 12).



Whitman Archive Title: Last Words
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00209
Series: Literary File
Box: 27
Folder: Last Words (1889). A.MS. drafts.
Date: about 1889
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: Draft of an unpublished poem which was also titled, in other manuscript drafts, "The last" and "Recapitulation." The draft was written on the back of a letter from Josephine B. Kirtland.



Whitman Archive Title: Last words
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00210
Series: Literary File
Box: 27
Folder: Last Words (1889). A.MS. drafts.
Date: about 1889
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: Draft of an unpublished poem which was also titled, in other manuscript drafts, "The last" and "Recapitulation." The draft was written on the back of a opened envelope from S. S. McClure postmarked December 8, 1889.



Whitman Archive Title: Latter-Time Hours of a half-Paralytic
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00305
Series: Literary File
Box: 29
Folder: Supplement Hours. A.MS. drafts.
Date: about 1881
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: Drafts and trial lines for the poem published posthumously as "Supplement Hours" in 1897.



Whitman Archive Title: Leaves of Grass
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00749
Series: Literary File
Box: 20
Folder: Leaves of Grass. 1855 edition. Book reviews. Printed copies with corrections and notations.
Date: 1855
Genre: prose
Physical Description: 2 leaves, handwritten, printed
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Content: Printed copies of reviews that were reprinted in Leaves of Grass and that include Whitman's corrections and notations. "Walt Whitman a Brooklyn Boy. Leaves of Grass (A Volume of Poems Just Published)" was first printed in the 29 September 1855 issue of the Brooklyn Daily Times. "Walt Whitman and His Poems" was first published in the September 1855 issue of United State Review.



Whitman Archive Title: Leaves of Grass
Whitman Archive ID: loc.04749
Series: Literary File
Box: 21
Folder: L of G (1871). Page Proofs.
Date: 1871
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 22 leaves, handwritten, printed
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Content: Plate proof of the 1871 edition of Leaves of Grass with some corrections in Whitman's hand. Images of the versos are unavailable.



Whitman Archive Title: Leaves of Grass
Whitman Archive ID: loc.07054
Series: Literary File
Box: 21
Folder: L of G (1871). Plate Proofs.
Date: 1871
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 3 leaves, handwritten, printed
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Content: Plate proof of the 1871 edition of Leaves of Grass with a few corrections in Whitman's hand. Images of the first two versos are unavilable.



Whitman Archive Title: Life and Death
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00213
Series: Literary File
Box: 27
Folder: Life and Death (1888). A. MS. Draft.
Date: about 1888
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: A draft of "Life and Death," first published in 1888.



Whitman Archive Title: Lincoln
Whitman Archive ID: loc.01760
Series: Literary File
Box: 37
Folder: ca. 1878–1890, "Abraham Lincoln"
Date: 1870–1874
Genre: prose
Physical Description: 6 leaves, handwritten, printed
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Content: Notes on Abraham Lincoln and the political climate leading up to the "attempted secession," including handwritten corrections of printed prose. This manuscript contributed to "Origins of Attempted Secession. Not the whole matter, but some facts worth conning to-day and any day," Specimen Days & Collect (1882–1883). "Origins of Attempted Secession" was first published as part of "'Tis But Ten Years Since [First Paper]," New York Weekly Graphic (24 January 1874). Portions of this essay were revised and used in Memoranda During the War (1875–1876) before appearing in Specimen Days & Collect. Whitman included "Origins of Attempted Secession" in Complete Prose Works (1892).



Whitman Archive Title: Mannahatta
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00214
Series: Literary File
Box: 27
Folder: Mannahatta (1888). Newspaper Clipping.
Date: about 1888
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 20 x 14.5 cm, handwritten
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Content: A newspaper clipping of the poem "Mannahatta" on a larger page with corrections and notes in Whitman's hand. This was the second poem that title that Whitman had published (the first "Mannahatta," which begins with the words "I was asking...," first appeared in the 1860 edition of Leaves of Grass). This particular poem was first published in the New York Herald on February 27, 1888 and was later included in the Deathbed edition of Leaves.



Whitman Archive Title: Memoranda
Whitman Archive ID: loc.04433
Series: Notes and Notebooks
Date: about 1883
Genre: prose
Physical Description: 3 leaves, handwritten
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Content: Three-page draft of "The Attempted Official Suppression," a section of Part 2, Chapter 1, "History of Leaves of Grass," in Richard Maurice Bucke's 1883 biography, Walt Whitman.



Whitman Archive Title: Memories
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00215
Series: Literary File
Box: 27
Folder: Memories (1888). A.MS. draft.
Date: about 1888
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 20 x 16 cm, handwritten
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Content: A nearly final draft of the poem "Memories," first published in 1888.



Whitman Archive Title: My 71st Year
Whitman Archive ID: loc.04098
Series: Literary File
Box: 27
Folder: My 71st Year (Nov. 1889). Printed copies.
Date: November, 1889
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: , printed, handwritten
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Content: Two copies of the November, 1889 issue of The Century Magazine, (one full, one partial) which included Whitman's poem "My 71st Year." There are a few small notes, probably not in Whitman's hand, which read "Nov 1889" and "Mark Twain" (Twain's "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" is also serialized in this issue). Currently, images of only three pages of one of the copies are available (cover, table of contents, and the page on which "My 71st Year" is printed).



Whitman Archive Title: My 71st Year
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00218
Series: Literary File
Box: 27
Folder: My 71st Year (1889). Proof Sheets.
Date: about 1889
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 18.75 x 20.25 cm, handwritten
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Content: A proof sheet of "My 71st Year," first published in 1889, with multiple corrections and notations in Whitman's hand. The proof is printed on the verso of a page titled "Principles of the Republican and Democratic Parties."



Whitman Archive Title: My 71st Year
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00340
Series: Literary File
Box: 27
Folder: My 71st Year (1889). Proof Sheets.
Date: about 1889
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 11.5 x 15 cm, handwritten
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Content: Proof sheet of "My 71st Year" with revisions. "My 71st Year" was first published in 1889.



Whitman Archive Title: My 71st Year
Whitman Archive ID: loc.02503
Series: Literary File
Box: 27
Folder: My 71st Year (1889). Proof Sheets.
Date: about 1889
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 11.5 x 15 cm, handwritten
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Content: Proof sheet of "My 71st Year" with revisions. "My 71st Year" was first published in 1889.



Whitman Archive Title: My 71st Year
Whitman Archive ID: loc.02504
Series: Literary File
Box: 27
Folder: My 71st Year (1889). Proof Sheets.
Date: about 1889
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 11.5 x 15 cm, handwritten
View images: 1
Content: Proof sheet of "My 71st Year" with revisions. "My 71st Year" was first published in 1889.



Whitman Archive Title: My 71st Year
Whitman Archive ID: loc.02505
Series: Literary File
Box: 27
Folder: My 71st Year (1889). Proof Sheets.
Date: about 1889
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 11.5 x 15 cm, handwritten
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Content: Proof sheet of "My 71st Year" with revisions. This proof has a note by Traubel reading "see notes, Oct. 31, 1889." "My 71st Year" was first published in 1889.



Whitman Archive Title: My Captain
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00125
Series: Literary File
Box: 27
Folder: O Captain! My Captain! (1865). A.MS.drafts.
Date: about 1865
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 3 leaves, handwritten
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Content: Draft of the poem that would be published as "O Captain! My Captain!" in 1865, titled here "My Captain." On the verso of one page is a portion of "A March in the Ranks Hard-Prest, and the Road Unknown" with a line through it.



Whitman Archive Title: My Seventieth Year
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00217
Series: Literary File
Box: 27
Folder: My 70th Year (1888). A. MS. draft.
Date: about 1888
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: Draft of a poem later revised and published under the title "Queries to My Seventieth Year" in 1888.



Whitman Archive Title: My Task
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00219
Series: Literary File
Box: 27
Folder: My Task (1891). A.MS. draft.
Date: about 1891
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 28 x 22 cm, handwritten
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Content: Manuscripts of the following four poems, written neatly with slight corrections: "My task," "L of G's Purport," "Death dogs my steps," and "For us two, reader dear." All of the verses except "For us two, reader dear" were fused together and published as one poem entitled "L. of G.'s Purport" in 1891.



Whitman Archive Title: Nay tell me not to-day the publish'd shame
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00222
Series: Literary File
Box: 27
Folder: Nay Tell Me Not To-Day the Publish'd Shame (Post-1878). Clipping.
Date: about 1878
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 14 x 16 cm, printed, handwritten
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Content: Clipping from the New York Daily Graphic of 5 March 1873, with handwritten corrections.



Whitman Archive Title: New York Times
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00929
Series: Literary File
Box: 32
Folder: 1864, Oct. 29, "Fifty-First New York Veterans," New York Times, Manuscript draft
Date: 1864
Genre: prose
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: A partial draft of "Fifty-first New-York City Veterans," which appeared in the 29 October 1864 issue of the New-York Times. The verso of this draft includes snippets of prose, some of which Whitman included in various Civil War writings. The "Case of Catholic priest & altar &c at side of dying Irish boy" was included in Memoranda During the War (1876). The notes on female nurses during the war were used in "Female Nurses for Soldiers," first published under the heading, "A Few Words about Female Nurses for Soldiers," in "The Soldiers," New-York Times (6 March 1865). This prose piece was reprinted in both Memoranda During the War (1876) and Specimen Days & Collect (1882).



Whitman Archive Title: New York Weekly Graphic, draft
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00928
Series: Literary File
Box: 32
Folder: ca. 1863, "A Connecticut Case," New York Weekly Graphic, draft
Date: ca. 1863
Genre: prose
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: A revised draft of "A Connecticut Case," a piece of Civil War memoranda which was first included in Memoranda During the War (1875–76) and later reprinted in Specimen Days & Collect (1882.



Whitman Archive Title: Note at Beginning
Whitman Archive ID: loc.02147
Series: Oversize
Box: OV1
Folder: container 19
Date: 1888
Genre: prose
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: Manuscript of "Note at Beginning," which appeared between the title page and the table of contents of Whitman's Complete Poems & Prose in 1888. On the other side of the sheet is a deleted manuscript section from the same volume's "Note at End of Complete Poems and Prose." Neither of the pieces was reprinted during Whitman's lifetime.



Whitman Archive Title: November Boughs
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00031
Series: Literary File
Box: OV 4
Folder: November Boughs, Galley Proofs
Date: about 1888
Genre: poetry, prose
Physical Description: about 14 leaves, handwritten, printed
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Content: Galley proofs of November Boughs (1888), with numerous corrections. Also included is a title page, with printing instructions in Whitman's hand.



Whitman Archive Title: November Boughs
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00032
Series: Literary File
Box: OV 4
Folder: November Boughs, Galley Proofs
Date: about 1888
Genre: poetry, prose
Physical Description: about 21 leaves, handwritten, printed
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Content: Galley proofs of November Boughs (1888), with numerous corrections. Also included is an uncorrected title page, which seems to incorporate the changes Whitman requested on the title page in another set of corrected proofs for November Boughs; compare the title page for this set of proofs with the first image of loc.00031.



Whitman Archive Title: November Boughs
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00033
Series: Literary File
Box: OV 4
Folder: November Boughs, Galley Proofs
Date: about 1888
Genre: prose
Physical Description: 2 leaves, handwritten, printed
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Content: Galley proofs of November Boughs (1888), with Whitman's corrections.



Whitman Archive Title: November Boughs
Whitman Archive ID: loc.04206
Series: Literary File
Box: 30
Folder: You Lingering Sparse Leaves of Me (1887). Printed Copy.
Date: 1887
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: Clipping from a newspaper of four Whitman poems: "You Lingering Sparse Leaves of Me," "'Going Somewhere,'" "After the Supper and Talk," and "Not Meagre Latent Boughs Alone." At the top is the title "November Boughs." At the bottom of the clipping is written, in Whitman's hand, "1887." The poems were published first in Lippincott's Magazine, November, 1887.



Whitman Archive Title: November Boughs
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00326
Series: Literary File
Box: 30
Folder: You Lingering Sparse Leaves of Me (1887). Proof Sheets.
Date: about 1887
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: Proof of a collection of four poems ("You Lingering Sparse Leaves of Me," "'Going Somewhere,'" "After the Supper and Talk," and "Not Meagre Latent Boughs Alone") under the general title "November Boughs." This proof is made by pasting together proofs of each poem in the order desired.



Whitman Archive Title: November Boughs
Whitman Archive ID: loc.02484
Series: Literary File
Box: 30
Folder: You Lingering Sparse Leaves of Me (1887). Proof Sheets.
Date: about 1887
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten, printed
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Content: Proofs of a collection of four poems ("You Lingering Sparse Leaves of Me," "'Going Somewhere,'" "After the Supper and Talk," and "Not Meagre Latent Boughs Alone") under the general title "November Boughs."



Whitman Archive Title: Occasional Pieces of Poetry
Whitman Archive ID: loc.03449
Series: Notes and Notebooks
Date: about 1887–1888
Genre: poetry, prose
Physical Description: about 13, printed and handwritten
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Content: Whitman's copy of John G. C. Brainard's Occasional Pieces of Poetry (1825), many pages of which bear the poet's handwriting. Whitman appears to have used the volume as a notebook of sorts, for while some of the writing seems to be related to Brainard's text most of it does not. Among the handwritten notes are several sets of ideas for poems that were never published and phrases that also appear in Whitman's personal correspondence. Some of these are phrases that Whitman inscribed in the copy of Complete Poems & Prose (1888) that he gave to Horace Traubel. On other pages are words from his letter to Anne Gilchrist of November 11, 1871. These were perhaps copied into the Brainard volume as he worked to write a poem in Gilchrist's honor, though they did not make it into "Going Somewhere," the poetic tribute that Whitman published in the November 1887 issue of Lippincott's Magazine (without individual title, but in a group of four poems collectively labelled "November Boughs"). A draft of "Going Somewhere" appears elsewhere in this volume. Also present is a draft of "The Dismantled Ship," which was first published in the New York Herald on February 23, 1888. Both poems were later included in November Boughs (1888) and in subsequent printings of Leaves of Grass. Only those pages with Whitman's handwritten notes are linked from this record. For a more complete discussion of this item, see Nicole Gray, "Walt Whitman's Marginalia as Occasional Practice," The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America 107 (December 2013), 467–494.



Whitman Archive Title: Of That Blithe Throat of Thine
Whitman Archive ID: loc.02372
Series: Literary File
Box: 27
Folder: Of That Blithe Throat of Thine (1884). Proof Sheets.
Date: between 1884-1888
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: This proof is grouped with other copies of proof sheets that represent different stages of the printing. "Of That Blithe Throat of Thine" was published first in January, 1885.



Whitman Archive Title: Of That Blithe Throat of Thine
Whitman Archive ID: loc.02371
Series: Literary File
Box: 27
Folder: Of That Blithe Throat of Thine (1884). Proof Sheets.
Date: between 1884-1888
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: This proof is grouped with other copies of proof sheets that represent different stages of the printing. "Of That Blithe Throat of Thine" was published first in January, 1885.



Whitman Archive Title: Of That Blithe Throat of Thine
Whitman Archive ID: loc.02370
Series: Literary File
Box: 27
Folder: Of That Blithe Throat of Thine (1884). Proof Sheets.
Date: between 1884-1888
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: This proof is grouped with other copies of proof sheets that represent different stages of the printing. "Of That Blithe Throat of Thine" was published first in January, 1885.



Whitman Archive Title: Of That Blithe Throat of Thine
Whitman Archive ID: loc.02369
Series: Literary File
Box: 27
Folder: Of That Blithe Throat of Thine (1884). Proof Sheets.
Date: between 1884-1888
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: This proof is grouped with other copies of proof sheets that represent different stages of the printing. Whitman has also written instructions to the printer on this proof sheet. "Of That Blithe Throat of Thine" was published first in January, 1885.



Whitman Archive Title: Of That Blithe Throat of Thine
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00227
Series: Literary File
Box: 27
Folder: Of That Blithe Throat of Thine (1884). Proof Sheets.
Date: between 1884-1888
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: This proof is grouped with other copies of proof sheets that represent different stages of the printing. "Of That Blithe Throat of Thine" was published first in January, 1885.



Whitman Archive Title: Of that blithe throat of thine
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00226
Series: Literary File
Box: 27
Folder: Of That Blithe Throat of Thine (1884). A.MS. draft.
Date: about 1884
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 28 x 22 cm, handwritten
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Content: Signed, late draft of "Of That Blithe Throat of Thine" which was published first in January, 1885. On the verso is a letter from Folger McKinney to Whitman dated June 10, 1884.



Whitman Archive Title: Old Age Echoes
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00228
Series: Literary File
Box: 28
Folder: Old Age Echoes (1891). Proof Sheet.
Date: about 1891
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 28.5 x 16.5 cm, 6 x 14 cm attached, printed, handwritten
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Content: Proof sheet of "Old Age Echoes" with many corrections written in ink and pencil. "Old Age Echoes" is a general heading for four poems: "Sounds of the Winter," "The Unexpress'd," "Sail Out for Good, Eidólon Yacht!," and "After the Argument."



Whitman Archive Title: Old Age Recitatives
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00229
Series: Literary File
Box: 28
Folder: Old Age Recitatives (1891). A.MS. draft.
Date: about 1890
Genre: poetry, prose
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 30 x 20 cm, handwritten
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Content: Draft titled "Old Age Recitatives" written on the verso of an envelope and a letter (author unknown) stuck together. Beneath the main title and Whitman's signature is another title, "Sail out for good, Eidólon yacht!" The text of the poem is identical to the published version of "Sail Out for Good, Eidólon Yacht!" (1891). Whitman has written a note about Arena magazine's rejection of the poem in the top right margin.



Whitman Archive Title: Old Age's Lambent Peaks
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00233
Series: Literary File
Box: 28
Folder: Old Age's Lambent Peaks (1888). Proof Sheets.
Date: about 1888
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 2 leaves, 33 x 15 cm; envelope 10.5 x 13 cm, handwritten
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Content: An edited proof sheet with three poems: "Old Age's Lambent Peaks," "A Carol Closing Sixty-Nine," "To Get the Final Lilt of Songs," all published first in 1888. In addition to corrections, Whitman has written a note to the printer at the top of the page. Also included is an envelope with "printer's proofs, short poems, Walt Whitman, 1888, (autographic)" written on it.



Whitman Archive Title: Old Age's Ship and Crafty Death's
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00235
Series: Literary File
Box: 28
Folder: Old Age's Ship and Crafty Death's (1890). Proof Sheets.
Date: between 1890-1891
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: Corrected proof of "Old Age's Ship and Crafty Death's" with notations in Whitman's hand.



Whitman Archive Title: Old Age's Ship and Crafty Death's
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00236
Series: Literary File
Box: 28
Folder: Old Age's Ship and Crafty Death's (1890). Proof Sheets.
Date: between 1890 and 1891
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, printed, handwritten
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Content: Corrected proof of "Old Age's Ship and Crafty Death's" with notations in Whitman's hand.



Whitman Archive Title: Old Age's Ship and Crafty Death's
Whitman Archive ID: loc.02391
Series: Literary File
Box: 28
Folder: Old Age's Ship and Crafty Death's (1890). Proof Sheets.
Date: between 1890-1891
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, printed, handwritten
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Content: Corrected proof of "Old Age's Ship and Crafty Death's" with notations in Whitman's hand.



Whitman Archive Title: Old Age's Ship and Crafty Death's
Whitman Archive ID: loc.02392
Series: Literary File
Box: 28
Folder: Old Age's Ship and Crafty Death's (1890). Proof Sheets.
Date: between 1890-1891
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, printed, handwritten
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Content: Corrected proof of "Old Age's Ship and Crafty Death's" with notations in Whitman's hand.



Whitman Archive Title: Old Age's Ship and Crafty Death's
Whitman Archive ID: loc.02393
Series: Literary File
Box: 28
Folder: Old Age's Ship and Crafty Death's (1890). Proof Sheets.
Date: between 1890-1891
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, printed, handwritten
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Content: Corrected proof of "Old Age's Ship and Crafty Death's" with notations in Whitman's hand.



Whitman Archive Title: Old Salt Kossabone
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00068
Series: Literary File
Box: 28
Folder: Old Salt Kossabone (1880). A.MS. draft.
Date: about 1888
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 28 x 21.5 cm, handwritten
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Content: Late draft of "Old Salt Kossabone," first published in 1888, with a note on the verso in another hand (Ellen Terry).



Whitman Archive Title: Old War-Dreams
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00238
Series: Literary File
Box: 28
Folder: Old War-Dreams (1865-66). Proof.
Date: about 1881
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: Proof of "Old War-Dreams" with note at bottom in Whitman's hand: "Walt Whitman's New Book." This poem was published first, in a different form, as "In Clouds Descending, in Midnight Sleep" in 1865-1866. In 1871 it appeared under the title "In Midnight Sleep." The title "Old War-Dreams" was first applied in 1881.



Whitman Archive Title: Old-Age Recitatives
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00232
Series: Literary File
Box: 28
Folder: Old Age Recitatives (1891). Proof Sheets.
Date: about 1891
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 2 leaves, 28 x 21 cm, handwritten
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Content: Proof pages of six poems collected under the general title "Old-Age Recitatives." The poems included are: "Old Chants" (1891), "On, On the Same,Ye Jocund Twain!" (1891), "Sail Out for Good, Eidólon Yacht!" (1891), "L. of G.'s Purport" (only two lines of the twelve-line poem of the same title first published in 1891), "My task" (published as part of "L. of G.'s Purport" in 1891), and "For us two, reader dear" (1891). At the top of the first page is a note to the printer in Whitman's hand.



Whitman Archive Title: Old-Age Recitatives
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00231
Series: Literary File
Box: 28
Folder: Old Age Recitatives (1891). Proof Sheets.
Date: between 1890-1891
Genre: poetry, prose
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 30.5 x 16 cm, handwritten
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Content: A galley proof of a group of six poems titled "Old-Age Recitatives." The poems included are: "Sail out for good, Eidolon yacht!" (first published in 1891), "My task" (published as part of "L. of G.'s Purport" in 1891), "L. of G.'s Purport" (only the first two lines of the poem of the same title published in 1891), "Death dogs my steps" (published as part of "L. of G.'s Purport" in 1891), "For us two, reader dear" (first published in 1891), and "Grand is the seen" (first published in 1891). On the verso is a note to the printer.



Whitman Archive Title: On, On the Same, Ye Jocund Twain!
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00240
Series: Literary File
Box: 28
Folder: On, On the Same, Ye Jocund Twain! (1891). Proof Sheets.
Date: about 1891
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 3 leaves, 24 x 15 cm, handwritten
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Content: Three proof sheets of "On, On the Same, Ye Jocund Twain!," first published in 1891. One proof has several corrections and a note for the printer; the other two proofs have no annotations.



Whitman Archive Title: On, on awhile ye jocund twain
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00074
Series: Literary File
Box: 28
Folder: On, On the Same, Ye Jocund Twain! (1891). A.MS. drafts.
Date: about 1890
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: A draft of "On, on the Same, Ye Jocund Twain!," which was published first in 1891.



Whitman Archive Title: On, on the same, ye jocund twain!
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00239
Series: Literary File
Box: 28
Folder: On, On the Same, Ye Jocund Twain! (1891). A.MS. drafts.
Date: May 10, 1890
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 28 x 22 cm, handwritten
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Content: A late draft of "On, on the Same, Ye Jocund Twain!," which was published first in 1891. This draft is signed and dated May 10, 1890.



Whitman Archive Title: Our Old Feuillage
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00242
Series: Literary File
Box: 28
Folder: Our Old Feuillage (1860). A.MS. corrected pages.
Date: between 1876-1881
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 6 leaves, 20.5 x 12.5 cm, handwritten
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Content: A bound copy of six leaves (the poem "American Feuillage") from the 1876 edition of Leaves of Grass with multiple corrections and revisions, including the change of the title to "Our Old Feuillage." The revisions reflect the poem as it appeared in the 1881 edition of Leaves of Grass. "Our Old Feuillage" has also been titled "A Chant of National Feuillage" and "Chants Democratic" No. 4.



Whitman Archive Title: Out From Behind This Mask
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00252
Series: Literary File
Box: 28
Folder: Out From Behind this Mask (1876). Printed Copy.
Date: about 1876
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 15.5 x 13.5 cm, handwritten
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Content: A corrected copy of "Out From Behind This Mask," cut from pages 24 and 25 of Two Rivulets and pasted together to make one page.



Whitman Archive Title: Out From This Mask
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00246
Series: Literary File
Box: 28
Folder: Out from Behind This Mask (1876). A.MS. draft.
Date: between 1873-1876
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 2 leaves, handwritten
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Content: Draft of the poem "Out From Behind This Mask," first published in 1876, written on two leaves. On the verso is a draft of a letter Whitman sent to Webster Elmes on 14 August 1873, arranging for a substitute, following his stroke, to cover his work as a clerk in Washington, D. C.



Whitman Archive Title: Out from behind this Mask
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00244
Series: Literary File
Box: 28
Folder: Out from Behind This Mask (1876). A.MS. draft.
Date: between 1873-1876
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 2 leaves, handwritten
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Content: Draft of the poem "Out From Behind This Mask," first published in 1876.



Whitman Archive Title: Out from behind this Mask
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00247
Series: Literary File
Box: 28
Folder: Out from Behind This Mask (1876). A.MS. draft.
Date: between 1873-1876
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: Draft of the poem "Out From Behind This Mask," first published in 1876. The title is written in blue pencil.



Whitman Archive Title: Out from this Mask
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00245
Series: Literary File
Box: 28
Folder: Out from Behind This Mask (1876). A.MS. draft.
Date: between 1873-1876
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: Draft of the poem "Out From Behind This Mask," first published in 1876.



Whitman Archive Title: Over and through the burial chant
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00253
Series: Literary File
Box: 28
Folder: Over and Through the Burial Chant (1888). Printed Copy.
Date: 1888
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, printed, handwritten
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Content: Clipped-out copy of "Over and Through the Burial Chant" from the August 12, 1888 issue of the New York Herald, with notations in Whitman's hand. The poem was later published as "Interpolation Sounds."



Whitman Archive Title: Passage to India
Whitman Archive ID:
Series: Literary File
Box: 23
Folder: Passage to India. Page Proofs.
Date: about 1871
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: , printed, handwritten
Images: currently unavailable
Content: Page proofs of Walt Whitman's book of 1871, Passage to India, with several (mostly minor) corrections in Whitman's hand.



Whitman Archive Title: Patroling Barnegat
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00258
Series: Literary File
Box: 28
Folder: Patroling Barnegat (1880). Proof Sheets.
Date: about 1881
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 12 x 16 cm, handwritten
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Content: A proof sheet of "Patroling Barnegat," with a correction in Whitman's hand. The poem was first published as "Patrolling Barnegat" in the April 1881 issue of Harper's Monthly Magazine.



Whitman Archive Title: Patroling Barnegat
Whitman Archive ID: loc.02403
Series: Literary File
Box: 28
Folder: Patroling Barnegat (1880). Proof Sheets.
Date: about 1881
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 12 x 16 cm, handwritten
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Content: A proof sheet of "Patroling Barnegat," with a correction in Whitman's hand. The poem was first published as "Patrolling Barnegat" in the April 1881 issue of Harper's Monthly Magazine.



Whitman Archive Title: Paumanok
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00259
Series: Literary File
Box: 28
Folder: Paumanok (1888). A.MS. copy.
Date: about 1888
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 12 x 21 cm, handwritten
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Content: Written in ink on a sheet of white paper, cut from a larger sheet, is a late draft of "Paumanok," first published in 1888. It is signed in full at bottom. The word "personal" is partially encircled in the upper right-hand corner. In pencil on verso in another hand: "Feb 18, 1888."



Whitman Archive Title: Paumanok
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00260
Series: Literary File
Box: 28
Folder: Paumanok (post-1888). Newspaper clipping.
Date: about 1888
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 22 x 14.5 cm, handwritten
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Content: A small newspaper clipping of "Paumanok" pasted onto a larger sheet of paper, with notes and corrections in Whitman's hand. "Paumanok" was first published in the New York Herald in 1888.



Whitman Archive Title: Pioneers! O Pioneers!
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00263
Series: Literary File
Box: 28
Folder: Pioneers! O Pioneers! (1865). A.MS. draft.
Date: about 1865
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 21 x 16.5 cm, handwritten
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Content: A draft of the first two stanzas of "Pioneers! O Pioneers!," which was first published in 1865, written in ink on a rough, bluish piece of paper. On the verso is a note in pencil concerning wounded soldiers.



Whitman Archive Title: Poem of the Trainer
Whitman Archive ID: loc.06005
Series: Notes and Notebooks
Box: 40
Folder: The voice of Walt Whitman
Date: about 1860
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: One leaf made by pasting together two scraps of pink paper, probably wrappers from the 1855 edition of Leaves of Grass. On one side of the leaf are approximately four lines, written and revised in ink, about the 1833 Leonid meteor shower. These lines may be related to the poem "Year of Meteors. (1859–1860)," first published in Drum-Taps (1865). Richard Maurice Bucke's transcription of these lines in Notes and Fragments (1899) begins with another version of these lines and an additional line following them. It is possible that these lines were present on the manuscript when he made his transcription but have since been cut off, though it is also possible that Bucke combined transcriptions from separate leaves. The now-absent final line of Bucke's transcription reads, "Such have I in the round house hanging—such pictures name I—and they are but little." If indeed Whitman wrote this line as part of the present manuscript, it would connect it with the early poem "Pictures," unpublished during Whitman's lifetime. On the reverse are the trial title "Poem of the Trainer," which is written in ink, and several fragmentary lines written in pencil, describing a whale hunt. The first of these is not known to have any relationship to Whitman's published works. The pencilled lines are probably related to lines on the same topic in "A Song of Joys," first published as "Poem of Joys" in the 1860 edition of Leaves of Grass.



Whitman Archive Title: Pourtraiture of Columbus
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00279
Series: Literary File
Box: 28
Folder: Prayer of Columbus (1874). A.MS. draft and notes.
Date: about 1874
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: Prose notes concerning Whitman's idea for the poem "Prayer of Columbus," first published in 1874.



Whitman Archive Title: Pourtray Columbus
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00280
Series: Literary File
Box: 28
Folder: Prayer of Columbus (1874). A.MS. draft and notes.
Date: about 1874
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: Prose notes concerning Whitman's idea for the poem "Prayer of Columbus," first published in 1874.



Whitman Archive Title: Prayer of Columbus
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00266
Series: Literary File
Box: 28
Folder: Prayer of Columbus (1874). A.MS. corrected pages.
Date: 1881
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 3 leaves, handwritten
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Content: Bound corrected proofs of "Prayer of Columbus," which was published first in 1874. The title page, which follows Whitman's portrait, reads "Prayer of Columbus, by Walt Whitman, The Poet's Corrected Proof, 1881." The corrections are most likely for the 1881 edition of Leaves of Grass.



Whitman Archive Title: Recapitulation
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00208
Series: Literary File
Box: 27
Folder: Last Words (1889). A.MS. drafts.
Date: about 1889
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: Draft of an unpublished poem which was also titled, in other manuscript drafts, "Last Words" and "The last." The draft was written on the back of an opened envelope from W. F. Woodruff.



Whitman Archive Title: Rel.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00170
Series: Notes and Notebooks
Box: 40
Folder: Literary, Undated, Religion
Date: undated
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 2 leaves, handwritten
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Content: Two leaves of notes entitled "Rel." and discussing issues related to religion. A note in another hand in the top margin declares that the note is from before the Civil War.



Whitman Archive Title: Resurgemus
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00289
Series: Literary File
Box: 29
Folder: Resurgemus (1850). Clipping.
Date: about 1884
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 2 leaves, 24.5 x 14.5 cm, handwritten
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Content: A clipping from the September, 1884 issue of the London magazine To-Day. Printed in the issue is Whitman's poem "Resurgemus," and in Whitman's hand are some corrections and a bibliographic notation. The publication history of this poem is unusual: it was published first as "Resurgemus" in 1850, then untitled in the 1855 edition of Leaves of Grass, then as "Poem of The Dead Young Men of Europe, the 72nd and 73rd Years of These States" in the 1856 edition, and as "Europe, The 72nd and 73rd Years of These States" in the 1860 and subsequent editions. The appearance of the poem in an 1884 periodical under an old title is highly unusual.



Whitman Archive Title: Sail forth O mystic yacht of me
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00040
Series: Literary File
Box: 29
Folder: Sail Out for Good, Eidólon Yacht! (1888). A.MS. drafts and notes.
Date: about 1890
Genre: poetry, prose
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: Trial lines for "Sail Out for Good, Eidólon Yacht!," which was published first in 1891. On part of the page is prose that appears to be a journal entry. The rest, though, is dedicated to a draft of the poem, with the title written half way down the page: "Sail forth O mystic yacht of me." On the verso is written "Walt Whitman, July 30 1890" twice.



Whitman Archive Title: Sail out for Good Eidolon yacht
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00041
Series: Literary File
Box: 29
Folder: Sail Out for Good, Eidolón Yacht! (1888). A.MS. drafts and notes.
Date: about 1891
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: Note regarding "Sail Out for Good, Eidólon Yacht!," which was published first in 1891. Written on this small white sheet are the title of the poem ("Sail out for good Eidólon yacht") and trial phrases for what appears to be a subtitle.



Whitman Archive Title: Salut Au Monde
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00292
Series: Literary File
Box: 29
Folder: Salut Au Monde (1886). A.MS. corrected pages.
Date: about 1881
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 13 leaves, handwritten, printed
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Content: Pages of"Salut Au Monde!" as printed in the 1871–72 edition of Leaves of Grass, heavily corrected for publication in the 1881–82 edition This poem had originally been published in 1856 under the title "Poem of Salutation."



Whitman Archive Title: Sands at Seventy
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00174
Series: Literary File
Box: 22
Folder: L of G (1888). Page Proofs—Sands at Seventy
Date: about 1888
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 20 leaves, 28.5 x 19.7 cm, handwritten, printed
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Content: Proof of Sands at Seventy with some notes in Whitman's hand and in another, unidentified hand. The notes mostly regard pagination and the insertion of the poem "Old Age's Lambent Peaks."



Whitman Archive Title: Shakspere-Bacon's Cipher
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00294
Series: Literary File
Box: 29
Folder: Shakspere-Bacon's Cipher (1891). Proof Sheets.
Date: about 1887
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 15 x 14.5 cm, printed, handwritten
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Content: Proof of "Shakspere-Bacon's Cipher," which was published first in 1887.



Whitman Archive Title: Shakspere-Bacon's Cipher
Whitman Archive ID: loc.02413
Series: Literary File
Box: 29
Folder: Shakspere-Bacon's Cipher (1891). Proof Sheets.
Date: about 1887
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 15 x 14.5 cm, printed, handwritten
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Content: Proof of "Shakspere-Bacon's Cipher," which was published first in 1887.



Whitman Archive Title: Shakspere-Bacon's Cipher
Whitman Archive ID: loc.02414
Series: Literary File
Box: 29
Folder: Shakspere-Bacon's Cipher (1891). Proof Sheets.
Date: about 1887
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 15 x 14.5 cm, printed, handwritten
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Content: Proof of "Shakspere-Bacon's Cipher," which was published first in 1887.



Whitman Archive Title: Shakspere-Bacon's Cipher
Whitman Archive ID: loc.04122
Series: Literary File
Box: 29
Folder: Shakspere-Bacon's Cipher (1891). Proof Sheets.
Date: about 1887
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 15 x 14.5 cm, printed, handwritten
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Content: Proof of "Shakspere-Bacon's Cipher," which was published first in 1887.



Whitman Archive Title: So Loth to Depart!
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00003
Series: Literary File
Box: 26
Folder: After the Supper and Talk (1888). A.MS. drafts
Date: about 1887
Genre: poetry, prose
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 26 x 20 cm, handwritten
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Content: Draft of poem later revised and published as "After the Supper and Talk" in 1887. On verso detached from Leaves of Grass, part of "Poem of Joys," first published in the 1860 edition of Leaves of Grass, and later published as "A Song of Joys." The title "Poem of Joys" is in Whitman's hand.



Whitman Archive Title: Song of the Redwood-Tree
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00297
Series: Literary File
Box: 29
Folder: Song of the Redwood-Tree (1874). Proof Sheet.
Date: about 1874
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 2 leaves, 40.5 x 25.5 cm, handwritten
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Content: A proof sheet of "Song of the Redwood-Tree," first published in 1874, with minor corrections and a note on the verso in Whitman's hand.



Whitman Archive Title: Song of the Open Road
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00847
Series: Literary File
Box: 29
Folder: Song of the Open Road (1856). A.MS. corrected pages.
Date: about 1881
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 12 leaves, handwritten
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Content: These corrected pages of "Song of the Open Road" contributed to the 1881 edition of Leaves of Grass.



Whitman Archive Title: Songs of Parting
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00298
Series: Literary File
Box: 29
Folder: Songs of Parting. A.MS. corrected pages.
Date: about 1881
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 18 leaves, handwritten
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Content: Corrected pages, many originally appearing in the 1876 Leaves of Grass, of cluster "Songs of Parting," containing 17 poems. Opposite a portrait of Whitman, the title page reads, "Songs of Parting, by Walt Whitman, The Poet's Corrected Proof." These corrections were probably intended for the 1881–82 edition of Leaves of Grass. The 17 poems included are: "As the Time Draws Nigh," "Ashes of Soldiers," "Years of the Modern," "Thoughts," "Song at Sunset," "My Legacy," "Pensive on Her Dead Gazing, I Heard the Mother of All," "Camps of Green," "Bathed in War's Perfume," "Now Finalé to the Shore," "As they Draw to a Close," "The Untold Want," "Portals," "These Carols," "To the Reader at Parting," "Joy, Shipmate, Joy!," and "So Long."



Whitman Archive Title: Spirit That Form'd This Scene
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00131
Series: Literary File
Box: 29
Folder: Spirit That Form'd This Scene (1881). A.MS. draft.
Date: between 1879-1881
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: Draft of "Spirit That Form'd This Scene" written in ink, with a few changes, on a writing surface made by pasting together various strips cut from larger sheets. The poem was published in 1881.



Whitman Archive Title: Spirit that form'd this scene
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00300
Series: Literary File
Box: 29
Folder: Spirit That Form'd This Scene (1881). A.MS. drafts.
Date: about 1881
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 20 x 12 cm, handwritten
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Content: A late draft of "Spirit That Form'd this Scene," which was first published in 1881, written in ink on one side of a sheet and signed in full.



Whitman Archive Title: Spirit that form'd this scene
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00615
Series: Literary File
Box: 29
Folder: Spirit That Form'd This Scene (1881). A.MS. drafts.
Date: about 1881
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 20 x 12 cm, handwritten
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Content: A draft of "Spirit That Form'd this Scene," which was first published in 1881, written in ink on sheets made from pasting together five strips pasted onto another sheet of paper. The date 1881 appears at the top of the sheet.



Whitman Archive Title: Starting from Paumanok
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00301
Series: Literary File
Box: 29
Folder: Starting from Paumanok (1880). A.MS. corrected pages.
Date: about 1881
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 15 leaves, handwritten
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Content: Bound proof corrected extensively in Whitman's hand. This correction was probably for the 1881 edition of Leaves of Grass. Opposite a portrait of Whitman, the title page reads, "Starting From Paumanok, by Walt Whitman, The Poet's Corrected Proof—." "Starting From Paumanok" was first published as "Proto-Leaf"in 1860.



Whitman Archive Title: Supplement Hours
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00302
Series: Literary File
Box: 29
Folder: Supplement Hours. A.MS. drafts.
Date: about 1881
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: Drafts and trial lines for the poem published posthumously as "Supplement Hours" in 1897. The first line begins "Sane, easy, homely."



Whitman Archive Title: Supplement Hours
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00303
Series: Literary File
Box: 29
Folder: Supplement Hours. A.MS. drafts.
Date: about 1881
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: Drafts and trial lines for the poem published posthumously as "Supplement Hours" in 1897. The first line begins "The lesson done."



Whitman Archive Title: Supplement Hours Notes
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00304
Series: Literary File
Box: 29
Folder: Supplement Hours. A.MS. drafts.
Date: about 1881
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: Drafts and trial lines for the poem published posthumously as "Supplement Hours" in 1897. The subtitle reads "Notes by a half-paralytic."



Whitman Archive Title: Sword Calls
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00308
Series: Literary File
Box: 29
Folder: Sword Calls (1863-64). A.MS. draft and notes.
Date: between 1863-1864
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 2 leaves, handwritten
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Content: Draft and notes for an unpublished poem titled "Sword Calls" written in ink on a large sheet from a notebook (second sheet blank), and in pencil (with "Sword Calls" in red ink) on another smaller leaf.



Whitman Archive Title: Talk with Mr. Hartshorn
Whitman Archive ID: loc.07017
Series: Notes and Notebooks
Box: 38
Folder: Notes 1847–1891, Brooklyniana, undated, Guy's picture of Brooklyn
Date: 1855-1861
Genre: prose
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: These notes discuss the authenticity of a painting by Francis Guy. Whitman wrote about Guy and one of his paintings in the third installment of the "Brooklyniana" series, which first appeared in the Brooklyn Daily Standard on 12 June 1861.



Whitman Archive Title: Thanks in Old Age
Whitman Archive ID: loc.01116
Series: Literary File
Box: 29
Folder: Thanks in Old Age (1887). Printed Copy.
Date: November 24, 1887
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, printed, handwritten
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Content: A clipping from the November 24, 1887 issue of The Republican with Whitman's poem "Thanks in Old Age." The date of the issue is noted in Whitman's hand in the margin.



Whitman Archive Title: Thanks in Old Age
Whitman Archive ID: loc.01081
Series: Literary File
Box: 29
Folder: Thanks in Old Age (1888). Proof Sheets.
Date: about 1887
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 2 leaves, handwritten
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Content: A proof sheet of "Thanks in Old Age" that features a single correction—a comma added after the word "retrospective." The poem was published first in 1887.



Whitman Archive Title: The Beauty of the Ship
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00499
Series: General Correspondence
Box: 4
Folder: Buchanan, Robert. Apr. 1876-Jan 1877, & undated.
Date: 1876
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: A cancelled, early draft of "The Beauty of the Ship"written on the verso of an 1876 letter from Whitman to Robert Buchanan.



Whitman Archive Title: The Buried Army
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00108
Series: Literary File
Box: 26
Folder: The Buried Army (After Sept. 1885). A.MS. draft.
Date: about 1885
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 18 x 16 cm, handwritten
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Content: Trial lines, possibly for "A Twilight Song,"first published in 1890 and subtitled "For unknown buried soldiers, North and South."



Whitman Archive Title: The Commonplace
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00076
Series: Literary File
Box: 26
Folder: The Commonplace (1891). A.MS. draft.
Date: about 1890
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 27 x 19 cm, handwritten
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Content: On one side is a draft of "The Commonplace," which was first published in manuscript facsimile in 1891. On the other side is a cancelled early draft of "Osceola," a poem first published in 1890.



Whitman Archive Title: The Commonplace
Whitman Archive ID: loc.04077
Series: Literary File
Box: 26
Folder: The Commonplace (Mar. 1891). Printed Copy.
Date: March, 1891
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf,
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Content: A copy of the March, 1891, issue of Munson's Magazine, which includes, in manuscript facsimile, "The Commonplace."



Whitman Archive Title: The Dalliance of the Eagles
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00023
Series: Literary File
Box: 26
Folder: The Dalliance of the Eagles (1880). A.MS. drafts.
Date: about 1880
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 4 leaves, 21.5 x 20 cm, handwritten
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Content: On a surface made by pasting together six scraps of paper (back of a discarded envelope from Geo. S. Woodhull and Son, Law Offices, Camden, postmarked Apr 6; back of a discarded letter, dated New York, March 29, 1880; and other scraps), a late draft of the poem "The Dalliance of the Eagles," about 120 words, showing a few minor variations from the first-published version of 1880.



Whitman Archive Title: The Dalliance of the Eagles
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00184
Series: Literary File
Box: 26
Folder: The Dalliance of the Eagles (1880). Proof Sheets.
Date: about 1880
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 25.8 x 18.6 cm, handwritten
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Content: Written in ink on a proof of "The Dalliance of the Eagles," "Ah, little knows the Laborer," "Hast never come to thee an hour?," and "My Picture-Gallery," are 14 words of notations in Whitman's hand. The proof has been pasted to a heavy piece of paper, on the verso of which is "A Riddle Song," part of "Italian Music in Dakota," and a clipped headline reading "The Society Articles Save Labor. Lighten the Labor for Mother."



Whitman Archive Title: The Dead Tenor
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00185
Series: Literary File
Box: 26
Folder: The Dead Tenor (1884). Proof Sheets.
Date: about 1884
Genre: poetry, prose
Physical Description: 2 leaves, 24 x 15 cm, 10.5 x 16.5 cm, handwritten
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Content: Written in pencil on a small page from a notebook, on which is pasted a clipping from a newspaper about the funeral of Signor Brignoli and the reaction of Patti, pinned to an unmarked proof of "The Dead Tenor," thirty words: "I heard the earliest singing of Patti, (in 1860 if I remember right)—heard her many times, Brignoli sang with her at her first appearance in NY in 1859." The poem was first published in 1884.



Whitman Archive Title: The Dead Tenor
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00186
Series: Literary File
Box: 26
Folder: The Dead Tenor (1884). Proof Sheets.
Date: about 1884
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 21 x 15 cm, 20.5 x 15.25 cm, 24.25 x 15 cm, handwritten
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Content: Proof of "The Dead Tenor," with notations and corrections in Whitman's hand. The poem was first published in 1884.



Whitman Archive Title: The Dead Tenor
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00497
Series: Literary File
Box: 26
Folder: The Dead Tenor (1884). Proof Sheets.
Date: about 1884
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 21 x 15 cm, 20.5 x 15.25 cm, 24.25 x 15 cm, handwritten
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Content: Proof of "The Dead Tenor," with notations and corrections in Whitman's hand. The poem was first published in 1884.



Whitman Archive Title: The Dismantled Ship
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00191
Series: Literary File
Box: 26
Folder: The Dismantled Ship (1888). A.MS. draft.
Date: about 1888
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: A draft of "The Dismantled Ship," first published in 1888, written on the inside of an opened envelope (postmark date unclear). At the bottom of the page in a note in Whitman's hand: "probably printed in Herald 19th Feb. '88."



Whitman Archive Title: The Dying Veteran
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00193
Series: Literary File
Box: 26
Folder: The Dying Veteran (1887). A.MS. draft.
Date: June 23, 1887
Genre: poetry, prose
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 28 x 21.5 cm, handwritten
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Content: A dated, signed draft of "The Dying Veteran," first published in 1887. A note at end reads: "Given to Thomas Mosher by Horace Traubel, 1900." On verso of the page is a note by Whitman to "Mr. Curtz" (type setter) asking for a finished proof by the middle of the afternoon, Wednesday.



Whitman Archive Title: The Hicksite separation appears
Whitman Archive ID: loc.06058
Series: Oversize
Box: OV 11
Folder: 1888, "Elias Hicks"
Date: about 1888
Genre: prose
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: The information on this small scrap was used for a note, headed "Note.—The Separation," included in the essay "Notes (such as they are) founded on Elias Hicks." This essay was first published in November Boughs (1888) and later reprinted in Complete Prose Works (1892). Whitman planned to write an essay about Elias Hicks for many years. While finishing preparations for the printing of November Boughs, Whitman told Horace Traubel, "Some of these bits were written as many as thirty years ago. Some of them I have written within the past year. They are a miscellaneous lot but they all belong in the same stream." (See Traubel, With Walt Whitman in Camden, 2: 42.) The present manuscript is stored together with many other manuscripts on the topics of Elias Hicks and Quakerism. Those that directly contributed to the published essay are described separately. Those whose relationship to the published essay are unclear are not included at this stage of our work.



Whitman Archive Title: The Mystic Cipher
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00220
Series: Literary File
Box: 27
Folder: The Mystic Cipher. A.MS. draft.
Date: 1887
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 9.5 x 21.5 cm, handwritten
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Content: A draft of a poem later revised and published as "Shakspere-Bacon's Cipher" in 1887.



Whitman Archive Title: The Patrol at Barnegat
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00254
Series: Literary File
Box: 28
Folder: Patroling Barnegat. (1880). A.MS. drafts.
Date: about 1881
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 3 leaves, handwritten
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Content: An early draft entitled "The Patrol at Barnegat," containing trial lines for the poem first published as "Patrolling Barnegat" in the April 1881 issue of Harper's Monthly Magazine. On the verso of one leaf is a letter to Whitman from E. H. Hames dated May 12, 1880.



Whitman Archive Title: The Patrol at Barnegat
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00255
Series: Literary File
Box: 28
Folder: Patroling Barnegat. (1880). A.MS. drafts.
Date: about 1881
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 3 leaves, handwritten
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Content: A draft entitled "The Patrol at Barnegat," containing trial lines for the poem first published as "Patrolling Barnegat" in the April 1881 issue of Harper's Monthly Magazine. The draft was originally titled "The Sea Beach Patrol," then "The Sea Shore Patrol," and finally "The Patrol at Barnegat." On the verso of the draft are two receipts from the Philadelphia Y.M.C.A., dated March 22, 1880 and April 15, 1880, and an unfinished letter from Whitman to John Burroughs, dated August 20.



Whitman Archive Title: The Patrol at Barnegat
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00256
Series: Literary File
Box: 28
Folder: Patroling Barnegat. (1880). A.MS. drafts.
Date: about 1881
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: A heavily-corrected draft of the poem published as "Patrolling Barnegat" in the April 1881 issue of Harper's Monthly Magazine.



Whitman Archive Title: The Play-Ground
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00264
Series: Literary File
Box: 28
Folder: The Play-Ground (1846). A.MS. draft.
Date: about 1846
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 20 x 16.5 cm, handwritten
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Content: A draft of "The Play-Ground," nearly as it appeared in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle on June 1, 1846 (during Whitman's editorship of the paper). On the verso is a page of prose in Whitman's hand.



Whitman Archive Title: The Poetry of the War at last
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00165
Series: Notes and Notebooks
Box: 39
Folder: c. 1880, Poetry of the War At Last
Date: about 1880
Genre: prose
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: A draft of a prose piece entitled "The Poetry of the War at last." It doesn't appear that such a piece was ever published.



Whitman Archive Title: The Singing Thrush
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00019
Series: Literary File
Box: 29
Folder: The Singing Thrush (1873). A.MS. draft.
Date: February 28, 1873
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 12 x 19 cm, handwritten
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Content: A draft of "The Singing Thrush"(first published in 1873 and later published under the title "Wandering at Morn") written in pencil, with corrections and changes (some in ink) on a folded sheet of stationery. The draft is signed and dated Washington, February 28, 1873.



Whitman Archive Title: The Sleepers
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00295
Series: Literary File
Box: 29
Folder: The Sleepers (1855). A.MS. corrected pages.
Date: about 1881
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 12 leaves, 11.5 x 20.5 cm, handwritten
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Content: A bound copy of corrected pages of "The Sleepers"from the 1876 edition of Leaves of Grass. The corrections are written in ink, purple ink (faded red?) and blue pencil on every page and are for the 1881 edition of Leaves of Grass. There is a portrait of Whitman opposite a title page reading "Sleepers, by Walt Whitman, The Poet's Corrected Proof."



Whitman Archive Title: The Sobbing of the Bells
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00020
Series: Literary File
Box: 29
Folder: The Sobbing of the Bells (1881). A.MS. drafts.
Date: 1881
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: Draft of "The Sobbing of the Bells," first published in the Boston Daily Globe on September 27, 1881. On the verso is a letter from John Boyle O'Reilly to Whitman that has been cut up and pasted together.



Whitman Archive Title: The Sobbing of the Bells
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00022
Series: Literary File
Box: 29
Folder: The Sobbing of the Bells (1881). A.MS. drafts.
Date: 1881
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: Draft of "The Sobbing of the Bells," first published in 1881. This clean draft is encased in mylar and housed with five clippings and descriptive cards.



Whitman Archive Title: The Sobbing of the Bells
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00021
Series: Literary File
Box: 29
Folder: The Sobbing of the Bells (1881). A.MS. drafts.
Date: 1881
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: Draft of "The Sobbing of the Bells," first published in 1881. On the verso is prose in Whitman's hand.



Whitman Archive Title: The Trail
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00617
Series: Literary File
Box: 30
Folder: The Trail (1872). A.MS. draft and notes.
Date: about 1872
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 3 leaves, 25 x 20 cm, handwritten
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Content: Notes and drafted lines of an unpublished poem, which Whitman had tentatively titled "The Trail." The lines were written while Whitman was reading The Oregon Trail by Francis Parkman, for he has noted it at the top of the first page. The title, written near the bottom of the first page, and "The Emigration to California 1846 '7," on the third page, are written in red ink. The relationship of this draft to Whitman's published work is unknown. All versos are blank.



Whitman Archive Title: The Unexpress'd
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00319
Series: Literary File
Box: 30
Folder: The Unexpress'd (1890). A.MS. draft.
Date: about 1889
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 22 x 17 cm, handwritten
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Content: A heavily corrected draft of the poem "The Unexpress'd," which was published first in 1891, written on the verso of a cancelled letter from Marjorie Cook, dated September 25, 1889.



Whitman Archive Title: The Voice of the Rain
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00322
Series: Literary File
Box: 30
Folder: The Voice of the Rain (1885). Proof Sheets.
Date: about 1885
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: Proof sheet of the poem "The Voice of the Rain," which was published first in 1885, with notations in Whitman's hand.



Whitman Archive Title: The Voice of the Rain
Whitman Archive ID: loc.02466
Series: Literary File
Box: 30
Folder: The Voice of the Rain (1885). Proof Sheets.
Date: about 1885
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: Proof sheet of the poem "The Voice of the Rain," which was published first in 1885, with notations and corrections in Whitman's hand (including a rejected title and a notation on the verso).



Whitman Archive Title: The division took place
Whitman Archive ID: loc.06070
Series: Oversize
Box: OV 11
Folder: 1888, "Elias Hicks"
Date: about 1888
Genre: prose
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: The writing on this small scrap, regarding the so-called "Hicksite Separation" within the Religious Society of Friends, forms part of a note, headed "Note.—The Separation," included in the essay "Notes (such as they are) founded on Elias Hicks." This essay was first published in November Boughs (1888) and later reprinted in Complete Prose Works (1892). Whitman planned to write an essay about Elias Hicks for many years. While finishing preparations for the printing of November Boughs, Whitman told Horace Traubel, "Some of these bits were written as many as thirty years ago. Some of them I have written within the past year. They are a miscellaneous lot but they all belong in the same stream." (See Traubel, With Walt Whitman in Camden, 2: 42.) The present manuscript is stored together with many other manuscripts on the topics of Elias Hicks and Quakerism. Those that directly contributed to the published essay are described separately. Those whose relationship to the published essay are unclear are not included at this stage of our work.



Whitman Archive Title: The endless Catalogue Divine
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00291
Series: Literary File
Box: 29
Folder: The Rounded Catalogue Divine Complete (1891). A. MS. drafts.
Date: about 1891
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 25 x 19.5 cm, handwritten
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Content: A badly stained draft of a poem published as "The Rounded Catalogue Divine Complete" in 1891.



Whitman Archive Title: The last
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00211
Series: Literary File
Box: 27
Folder: Last Words (1889). A.MS. drafts.
Date: about 1889
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: Draft of an unpublished poem which was also titled, in other manuscript drafts, "Last Words" and "Recapitulation." The draft was written on the back of a letter from R. M. Bucke, dated December 3, 1889.



Whitman Archive Title: The mystic Trumpeter
Whitman Archive ID: loc.04099
Series: Literary File
Box: 27
Folder: The Mystic Trumpeter (1873). Printed copies in Hungarian
Date: January 19, 1873
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 43.5 x 30 cm, handwritten
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Content: A copy of the Budapest newspaper Fovarosi Lapok of January 19, 1873 containing Whitman's poem "The Mystic Trumpeter" in Hungarian and an interview with the poet by Liptay Pal. At the top, written in pencil, are notes in Whitman's hand.



Whitman Archive Title: The policy of the War Department in not exchanging prisoners
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00930
Series: Literary File
Box: 32
Folder: ca. 1864, "The Policy of the War Department in Not Exchanging Prisoners"
Date: 1864
Genre: prose
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: A short draft on the exchange of the prisoners of war, the last paragraph of which was revised and printed on 27 December 1864 in both "The Prisoners" New-York Times and "What Stops the General Exchange of Prisoners of War?—Three-fourths of Our Men Already Exchanged by Death, or Mental and Bodily Ruin, and the Rest will Soon Follow" Brooklyn Daily Eagle.



Whitman Archive Title: The real earthly catalogue divine, 'complete'
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00017
Series: Literary File
Box: 29
Folder: The Rounded Catalogue Divine Complete (1891). A. MS. drafts.
Date: about 1891
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: A draft of a poem published as "The Rounded Catalogue Divine Complete" in 1891, written in ink on a piece of paper to that of "The endless Catalogue Divine" (loc.00291), with a discarded envelope (addressed to Miss Olive Percival, 214 W. 2nd St., Los Angeles, CA) opened out and pasted to the bottom of the piece, and some corrections in both pencil and ink.



Whitman Archive Title: The village of Jericho
Whitman Archive ID: loc.06029
Series: Oversize
Box: OV 11
Folder: 1888, "Elias Hicks"
Date: between 1858 and 1888
Genre: prose
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: This one-page prose draft regarding the birthplace of Elias Hicks was likely one of the manuscripts from which Whitman fashioned his 1888 essay "Notes (such as they are) founded on Elias Hicks," first published in November Boughs and later reprinted in Complete Prose Works (1892). The reference to Elias Hicks's daughter Martha Hicks Aldrich as "still living" suggests that Whitman began writing this manuscript before 1862, the year of Martha's death. The reference, in the revision of this passage, to her death "a year or two ago," "about 1863," would seem to indicate that at least that portion of the manuscript was written around 1865. Whitman planned to write an essay about Elias Hicks for many years. While finishing preparations for the printing of November Boughs, Whitman told Horace Traubel, "Some of these bits were written as many as thirty years ago. Some of them I have written within the past year. They are a miscellaneous lot but they all belong in the same stream." (See Traubel, With Walt Whitman in Camden, 2: 42.) The present manuscript is stored together with many other manuscripts on the topics of Elias Hicks and Quakerism. Those that directly contributed to the published essay are described separately. Those whose relationship to the published essay are unclear are not included at this stage of our work.



Whitman Archive Title: This first page will be
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00030
Series: Literary File
Box: OV 4
Folder: November Boughs, Galley Proofs
Date: about 1888
Genre: poetry, prose
Physical Description: about 62 leaves, printed, handwritten
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Content: Sixty-two pages of galley proofs of November Boughs (1888), with numerous corrections.



Whitman Archive Title: Thou Vast Rondure, Swimming in Space
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00309
Series: Literary File
Box: 29
Folder: Thou Vast Rondure, Swimming in Space (1868?). Offprint.
Date: between 1868-1869
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 32 x 13.5 cm, printed, handwritten
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Content: An offprint of "Thou Vast Rondure, Swimming in Space," with note at the top reading "J. T. Trowbridge, from W. W." and a note on the verso reading "is to app. in London Fortnightly for April." Though the poem was submitted in either 1868 or 1869, it was never published in the Fortnightly. It was later incorporated in the poem "Passage to India," which was first published in 1871. "Thou Vast Rondure, Swimming in Space" was not published as a separate poem.



Whitman Archive Title: Thou Who Hast Slept All Night Upon the Storm
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00314
Series: Literary File
Box: 30
Folder: To the Man-of-War-Bird (1876). Printed Copies.
Date: between 1876-1878
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: Printed copy of "Thou Who Hast Slept All Night Upon the Storm" with bibliographic notations and corrections in Whitman's hand. This clipping is from the Philadelphia Progress (November 16, 1878). The poem had been published earlier as "The Man-of-War Bird" in the 1 April 18 issue of The Athenæum. It was eventually titled "To the Man-of-War-Bird."



Whitman Archive Title: Thou Who Hast Slept All Night Upon the Storm
Whitman Archive ID: loc.02938
Series: Literary File
Box: 30
Folder: To the Man-of-War-Bird (1876). Printed Copies.
Date: between 1876 and 1878
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: Proof of "Thou Who Hast Slept All Night Upon the Storm," with corrections in Whitman's hand. The poem was first published as "The Man-of-War Bird" in the 1 April 18 issue of The Athenæum and finally titled "To the Man-of-War-Bird."



Whitman Archive Title: Thou Who Hast Slept All Night Upon the Storm
Whitman Archive ID: loc.02939
Series: Literary File
Box: 30
Folder: To the Man-of-War-Bird (1876). Printed Copies.
Date: between 1876 and 1878
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: Proof of "Thou Who Hast Slept All Night Upon the Storm," with bibliographic notations and corrections in Whitman's hand. The poem was first published as "The Man-of-War Bird" in the 1 April 18 issue of The Athenæum and finally titled "To the Man-of-War-Bird."



Whitman Archive Title: Thou Who Hast Slept All Night Upon the Storm
Whitman Archive ID: loc.02940
Series: Literary File
Box: 30
Folder: To the Man-of-War-Bird (1876). Printed Copies.
Date: between 1876-1878
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: Printed copy of "The Man-of-War Bird" (later published as "To the To the Man-of-War-Bird") with a bibliographic notation in Whitman's hand. This page is from the London Athenæum (April 1, 1876).



Whitman Archive Title: Though all the breeds
Whitman Archive ID: loc.06086
Series: Oversize
Box: OV 11
Folder: 1888, "Elias Hicks"
Date: about 1868
Genre: prose
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: The manuscript fragment on the recto of this leaf appears to have been drafted for the unpublished essay "Orbic Literature," which Whitman combined with two essays published in The Galaxy ("Democracy" [December 1867] and "Personalism [May 1868]") as Democratic Vistas in 1871. "Democratic Vistas" was reprinted in Two Rivulets (1876), Specimen Days & Collect (1882–1883), Democratic Vistas, and Other Papers (1888), and Complete Prose Works (1892). The writing on the verso, concerning George Fox and Quakerism, is part of an apparently unrelated two-page manuscript.



Whitman Archive Title: To Get the Final Lilt of Songs
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00311
Series: Literary File
Box: 30
Folder: To Get the Final Lilt of Songs (1888). Proof Sheets.
Date: about 1888
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: Proof sheet of "To Get the Final Lilt of Songs," which was first published in 1888. A note in Whitman's hand, "publ'd in Herald April 16 '88," is at the bottom of the page. On the verso is Whitman's prose note serving to coordinate the sharing of proof slips and correspondence within his circle of acquaintance.



Whitman Archive Title: To Printer
Whitman Archive ID: loc.02147
Series: Oversize
Box: OV1
Folder: container 19
Date: 1888
Genre: prose
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: Manuscript of "Note at end of Complete Poems and Prose," published in Complete Poems & Prose (1888) and not reprinted during Whitman's lifetime.



Whitman Archive Title: To a Locomotive in Winter
Whitman Archive ID: loc.04614
Series: Literary File
Box: 30
Folder: To a Locomotive in Winter (1876). A.MS. draft.
Date: 1876
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 7 leaves, handwritten
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Content: Draft lines and notes for the poem, "To a Locomotive in Winter," first published in the 19 February 1876 issue of the New York Daily Tribune, under the heading "Extracts from Two Rivulets." "To a Locomotive in Winter" was reprinted in the "Two Rivulets" section of Two Rivulets (1876 before being included in Leaves of Grass in 1881.



Whitman Archive Title: To the Sunset Breeze
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00315
Series: Literary File
Box: 30
Folder: To the Sunset Breeze (1890). Proof Sheets.
Date: about 1890
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, printed, handwritten
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Content: Proof of "To a Sunset Breeze" with notations in Whitman's hand. The poem was first published in 1890.



Whitman Archive Title: To the Sunset Breeze
Whitman Archive ID: loc.02444
Series: Literary File
Box: 30
Folder: To the Sunset Breeze (1890). Proof Sheets.
Date: about 1890
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, printed, handwritten
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Content: Proof of "To a Sunset Breeze" with notations in Whitman's hand. The poem was first published in 1890.



Whitman Archive Title: To the Sunset Breeze
Whitman Archive ID: loc.02445
Series: Literary File
Box: 30
Folder: To the Sunset Breeze (1890). Proof Sheets.
Date: about 1890
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: Proof of "To a Sunset Breeze" with notations and corrections in Whitman's hand. The poem was first published in 1890.



Whitman Archive Title: To the Sunset Breeze
Whitman Archive ID: loc.02446
Series: Literary File
Box: 30
Folder: To the Sunset Breeze (1890). Proof Sheets.
Date: about 1890
Genre: poetry, prose
Physical Description: 1 leaf, printed, handwritten
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Content: Proofs of "To a Sunset Breeze" with notations in Whitman's hand. The poem was first published in 1890.



Whitman Archive Title: To the Year 1889
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00077
Series: Literary File
Box: 30
Folder: To the Year 1889 (1889). A.MS. draft.
Date: about 1888
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 19 x 21.25 cm, handwritten
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Content: An early draft of "To the Year 1889," first published in January 5, 1889. The poem was later published under the title "To the Pending Year."



Whitman Archive Title: To the Year 1889
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00316
Series: Literary File
Box: 30
Folder: To the Year 1889 (1889). Proof Sheet
Date: about 1889
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, printed, handwritten
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Content: Proof sheet of "To the Year 1889" (first published in 1889 and later under the title "To the Pending Year") with a bibliographic notation in Whitman's hand.



Whitman Archive Title: Twilight
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00317
Series: Literary File
Box: 30
Folder: Twilight (1889). Proof on birch bark.
Date: June, 1889
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 11.5 x 17 cm, handwritten
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Content: Written in ink, with one line in pencil, are notes on a proof of "Twilight," which is printed on a piece of tan birch bark. The notes, in Whitman's hand, read: "Walt Whitman, June 1889" "on birch bark," and "a curio, on birch bark, Walt Whitman." "Twilight" was first published in 1887.



Whitman Archive Title: Twilight Whisperings
Whitman Archive ID: loc.01078
Series: Literary File
Box: 36
Folder: Undated, "Twilight Whisperings," draft
Date: 1870–1882
Genre: poetry, prose
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: This manuscript contains notes for a potential poem or prose piece, with two possible titles "Twilight Whisperings" and "Chants at Early Candle Light." The relationship of this note to Whitman's published work is unknown.



Whitman Archive Title: Unveil Thy Bosom, Faithful Tomb
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00320
Series: Literary File
Box: 30
Folder: Unveil Thy Bosom, Faithful Tomb (1865). A.MS. draft.
Date: April, 1865
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 7.5 x 17 cm, handwritten
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Content: A draft of an unpublished burial lyric for the death of Lincoln entitled "Unveil thy bosom, faithful tomb" and dated April, 1865, written in pencil on a scrap of paper torn from a larger sheet.



Whitman Archive Title: Up, Lurid Stars!
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00321
Series: Literary File
Box: 30
Folder: Up, Lurid Stars! (1865). A.MS. draft.
Date: about 1865
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 16 x 20 cm, handwritten
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Content: Draft of a poem entitled "Up, Lurid Stars!" which was never published in Whitman's lifetime. It is related to the poem "World Take Good Notice," which was first published in 1865.



Whitman Archive Title: Veil with their lids thine eyes, O Soul
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00312
Series: Literary File
Box: 30
Folder: To the Man-of-War-Bird (1876). A.MS. drafts.
Date: between 1867-1876
Genre: poetry, prose
Physical Description: 3 leaves, handwritten
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Content: One of the notebooks commonly known as the "Penitenzia" notebooks because that word is written in red ink on the cover, and it includes drafts and trial lines of the poems "[Mask with Their Lids]" (published posthumously) and "beauty" (published posthumously).



Whitman Archive Title: Walt Whitman's Book
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00344
Series: Notes and Notebooks
Box: 41
Folder: Miscellany, Undated, Walt Whitman's books
Date: 1888
Genre: prose, prose
Physical Description: leaves, handwritten, printed
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Content: A collection of papers, some of which are print proofs with handwritten comments, some of which are small scraps of handwriting, relating to both poetry and prose from November Boughs (1888).



Whitman Archive Title: Western Nicknames
Whitman Archive ID: loc.07052
Series: Notes and Notebooks
Box: 39
Folder: 1847-1869, words and nicknames
Date: about 1885
Genre: prose
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
Images: currently unavailable
Content: On one side of the manuscript leaf are notes about demonyms for the people of various places in North America. Whitman made use of this list in his essay "Slang in America," which was first published in the November 1885 issue of The North American Review and later collected in November Boughs (1888) and Complete Prose Works (1892). The other side, which has been cancelled, contains a partial draft of an article written in response to an unidentified author who had apparently found fault with American politics and newspaper literature. It is unknown whether the writing on this side led to publication. No images of this item are currently available.



Whitman Archive Title: What is Poetry?
Whitman Archive ID: loc.01070
Series: Literary File
Box: 36
Folder: What is Poetry
Date: 1841-1892
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 2 leaves, handwritten
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Content: Whitman has annotated, "What is Poetry?," a holograph by George D. Prentice.



Whitman Archive Title: Whispers of Heavenly Death
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00323
Series: Literary File
Box: 30
Folder: Whispers of Heavenly Death (1870). A.MS. and printed copy.
Date: about 1870
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 15 leaves, 20 x 13 cm, handwritten
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Content: Mostly mounted clippings of poems taken from Leaves of Grass, stitched and tied with ribbon by Walt Whitman. An autograph title page is followed by pages numbered in red pencil 469-484. One poem, "Joy, Shipmate, Joy!," on p. 481 is written entirely in Walt Whitman's hand (see image 23), and other corrections and additions are in Whitman's hand throughout. The poems included are: "Whispers of Heavenly Death," "Yet, Yet Ye Downcast Hours," "As Nearing Departure" (later published, in a different form, as "As the Time Draws Nigh"), "Darest Thou Now O Soul," "Of Him I Love Day and Night," "Quicksand Years That Whirl Me I Know Not Whither" (later published as "Quicksand Years"), "That Music Always Round Me," "As If a Phantom Caress'd Me," "O Living Always, Always Dying," "Here, Sailor!" (later published as "What Ship Puzzled at Sea"), "A Noiseless Patient Spider," "To One Shortly to Die," "Joy, Shipmate, Joy!," "This Day, O Soul," "What Place is Besieged?," "The Last Invocation," and "Pensive and Faltering."



Whitman Archive Title: With Husky-Haughty Lips, O Sea!
Whitman Archive ID: loc.04202
Series: Literary File
Box: 30
Folder: With Husky-Haughty Lips, O Sea! (1883). Printed Copies
Date: 1884
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 2 leaves, printed, handwritten
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Content: Page from the March, 1884 issue of Harper's New Monthly Magazine containing Whitman's poem "With Husky-Haughty Lips, O Sea!" Also included is a clipping from an unknown newspaper ("'84" written in Whitman's hand at the bottom) of the same poem.



Whitman Archive Title: With all the gifts America
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00324
Series: Literary File
Box: 30
Folder: With All Thy Gifts (1876). A.MS. draft.
Date: about 1873
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: Draft entitled "With all the gifts America," published in 1873 under the title "With All Thy Gifts."



Whitman Archive Title: Yonnondio
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00325
Series: Literary File
Box: 30
Folder: Yonnondio (1887). Proof Sheets.
Date: about 1887
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: Proof of "Yonnondio," which was published first in 1887, with notes and corrections in Whitman's hand.



Whitman Archive Title: ['wood drake']
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00158
Series: Notes and Notebooks
Box: 39
Folder: Literary, Before 1855, Wood Drake
Date: about 1855
Genre: poetry, prose
Physical Description: 2 leaves, handwritten
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Content: An early manuscript. William White, in his edition of Whitman's Daybooks and Notebooks, 3 vols. (New York: New York University Press, 1978), noted a relationship between material in this manuscript and the poem "Song of Myself," specifically section 13, lines 237–243.



Whitman Archive Title: [(Major) Col. Clifton K. Prentiss]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.01784
Series: Notes and Notebooks
Box: 41
Folder: Personal, Aug 20 1865, Death of Clifton K. Prentiss
Date: 1865–1875
Genre: prose
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: Notes on the Death of Clifton K. Prentiss, which were revised and appeared in Memoranda During the War (1875–1876) before being collected in Complete Prose Works (1892).



Whitman Archive Title: [(Returning to my pages front once]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00088
Series: Literary File
Box: 28
Folder: Out from Behind This Mask (1876). A.MS. draft.
Date: between 1873-1876
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: Draft of the poem "Out From Behind This Mask," first published in 1876.



Whitman Archive Title: [(Returning to my pages front once]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00248
Series: Literary File
Box: 28
Folder: Out from Behind This Mask (1876). A.MS. draft.
Date: between 1873-1876
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: Draft of the poem "Out From Behind This Mask," first published in 1876, written on two scraps pasted together.



Whitman Archive Title: [(illeg.) Dick Hunt]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00028
Series: Notes and Notebooks
Box: 38
Folder: 1857 Trial Lines and Descriptions
Date: 1856-1857
Genre: poetry, prose
Physical Description: about 90 leaves, handwritten
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Content: A notebook Whitman used for various purposes in the mid-1850s. Edward F. Grier, in his edition of Whitman's Notebooks and Unpublished Prose Manuscripts, 6 vols. (New York: New York University Press, 1984), 1: 246–280, noted that the notebook contains lines and phrases that relate to several poems: "Song of the Broad-Axe," "To a Common Prostitute," "You Felons on Trial in Courts," "Starting from Paumanok," "Trickle Drops," "I Was Looking for a Long While," "Poem of Joys," "Facing West from California's Shores," "To the States," "A Song of the Rolling Earth," "On the Beach a Night Alone," "Full of Life Now," and "With Antecedents."



Whitman Archive Title: [*current aims]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.04536
Series: Notes and Notebooks
Box: 39
Folder: Literary, Undated, Cosmic Poem
Date: about 1890
Genre: prose
Physical Description: 3 leaves, handwritten
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Content: Three manuscript fragments that contributed to "An Old Man's Rejoinder," which was first published in the August 16, 1890 issue of the Critic and later reprinted in Good-Bye My Fancy (1891) and Complete Prose Works (1892). On the reverse of the second manuscript leaf is the end of a letter from Otto L. Levy.



Whitman Archive Title: [16th Sept]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00354
Series: Notes and Notebooks
Box: 38
Folder: Undated Thoughts, Ideas, and Trial lines (3 V.)
Date: undated
Genre: poetry, prose
Physical Description: 46 leaves, handwritten
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Content: An early notebook Whitman used for various purposes. William White, in his edition of Whitman's Daybooks and Notebooks (New York: New York University Press, 1978. 3 vols.), noted a relationship between rough drafts of poems in this notebook (called "An Early Notebook" in White's edition) and the poem "Starting from Paumanok." Drafts of poems also appear under the titles "A Poem of Maternity," "Poem of Remorse," and two titled "Proem" (surfaces 26, 79, 81, and 86, respectively). Whitman has written upside down on several of the leaves. An image of the recto of surface 86 is unavailable.



Whitman Archive Title: [A North Star]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00008
Series: Literary File
Box: 26
Folder: A Christmas Greeting (1889). A.MS. drafts.
Date: about 1889
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 18 x 20.5 cm, handwritten
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Content: Written in pencil on a tan piece of paper cut from a larger sheet, 130 words with the title "A North Star [page torn] South." The poem was later revised and titled "A Christmas Greeting" (1889).



Whitman Archive Title: [A batter'd wreck'd old man]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00272
Series: Literary File
Box: 28
Folder: Prayer of Columbus (1874). A.MS. draft and notes.
Date: about 1874
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: A draft of lines from "Prayer of Columbus," first published in 1874. The lines are written on stationery from the Attorney General's office and on the verso are prose notes, one of which reads "Acknowledge our obligations to English & other foreign literature."



Whitman Archive Title: [A flash of love]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00197
Series: Literary File
Box: 27
Folder: A Flash of Love (1889). A.MS. draft.
Date: between 1889-1890
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 12.5 x 19 cm, handwritten
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Content: A two-line draft written on the back of an envelope from F. Gutekunst's Imperial Photograph Galleries, with a note by Whitman on front that reads "head and bust WW, taken 1889, fairly good." "[A flash of love]" would later appear in a revised form in "A Twilight Song," first published in 1890.



Whitman Archive Title: [All my emprises]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00287
Series: Literary File
Box: 28
Folder: Prayer of Columbus (1874). A.MS. draft and notes.
Date: about 1874
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: A draft of lines from "Prayer of Columbus," first published in 1874.



Whitman Archive Title: [An impulse thrilling]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00332
Series: Literary File
Box: 29
Folder: A Thought of Columbus (1892). A.MS. drafts.
Date: about 1892
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: A draft of lines for "A Thought of Columbus." According to Horace Traubel, this was the last poem Whitman wrote. It was published first in 1892. On the verso is a cut away, undated letter.



Whitman Archive Title: [An old man's thought of school]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00237
Series: Literary File
Box: 28
Folder: An Old Man's Thought of School (1874). A.MS. draft.
Date: about 1874
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 2 leaves, 44.5 x 20.5 cm, handwritten
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Content: Two composite leaves made from pasting together several scraps of paper containing a draft of "An Old Man's Thought of School," a poem Whitman recited in person at the inauguration of the Cooper Public School in Camden, New Jersey, in 1874. On the versos are parts of letters (to Whitman) and notes in Whitman's hand.



Whitman Archive Title: [And here is the great Meteor]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00216
Series: Literary File
Box: 27
Folder: Meteors (1853). A. MS. draft
Date: between 1850-1860
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 2 leaves, 25 x 18 cm, handwritten
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Content: A draft of an unpublished poem, part of which has been connected to the unpublished poem "Pictures." The relationship to Whitman's published verse is unknown.



Whitman Archive Title: [As I sail'd at night alone]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00241
Series: Literary File
Box: 28
Folder: Ontario's Shores. A.MS. draft.
Date: undated
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 19.5 x 10 cm, handwritten
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Content: A few lines on the verso of a cancelled letter (the correspondent and date are unknown), beginning "As I sail'd at night alone." The relationship of this draft to Whitman's published work is unknown. The title on the Library of Congress's folder comes from the final line of the draft ("As I wander Ontario's shores alone at night") and does not suggest that this draft is related to "By Blue Ontario's Shore."



Whitman Archive Title: [Ashes of ? soldiers heroes]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00054
Series: Literary File
Box: 26
Folder: Beat! Beat! Drums! (1861). A. MS. draft.
Date: about 1871
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 2 leaves, handwritten
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Content: Draft of lines which bear a relationship to "Ashes of Soldiers," first published in 1865. This manuscript was likely composed around 1870-1871, when Whitman was revising and expanding the poem for republication. This manuscript appears to be a draft of the first two linegroups of "Ashes of Soldiers." These linegroups were added in 1871 to a poem first published as "Hymn of Dead Soldiers" in Drum-Taps (1865). It was only in 1871 that he added the imagery of ashes to this poem.



Whitman Archive Title: [Aye, well I know 'tis ghastly to descend]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00107
Series: Literary File
Box: 26
Folder: Death's Valley (1889). A.MS. drafts and printed copies.
Date: about 1889
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: Eight lines evidently written originally as part of "Death's Valley," which was published first in Harper's New Monthly Magazine in 1892. The stanza later was slightly revised and published as "On the Same Picture" (the title was probably supplied by Traubel) in 1897.



Whitman Archive Title: [Be it with]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00275
Series: Literary File
Box: 28
Folder: Prayer of Columbus (1874). A.MS. draft and notes.
Date: about 1874
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: A draft of lines from "Prayer of Columbus," first published in 1874.



Whitman Archive Title: [Beat! Beat! Drums!]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00051
Series: Literary File
Box: 26
Folder: Beat! Beat! Drums! (1861). A. MS. draft.
Date: 1860-1865
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: On the recto is a draft of the first stanza of "Beat! Beat! Drums!" The poem first published simultaneously in Harper's Weekly and in the New York Leader on September 28, 1861. On the verso are lines on the death of President Lincoln, known as "[Thou West that gave'st him to us]" and first published in a Facsimile Edition of Drum-Taps in 1959.



Whitman Archive Title: [Between this beautiful]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00162
Series: Notes and Notebooks
Box: 40
Folder: Literary, Undated, The Voice of Walt Whitman.
Date: undated
Genre: poetry, prose
Physical Description: 6 leaves, handwritten
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Content: A draft of a poem likely relating to "Song of the Answerer" collected in a bound book of Whitman manuscripts under the general title Walt Whitman: A Series of Six Pieces, Original Holograph Manuscripts. Drafts of prose appear on the other leaves, including a draft resembling the beginning of "The Eighteenth Presidency!"



Whitman Archive Title: [Brooklyn is ° latitude]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.04740
Series: Notes and Notebooks
Date: about 1862
Genre: prose
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: Whitman probably wrote these notes about Long Island's geographical dimensions and aboriginal name in the course of preparing material for "Brooklyniana; A Series of Local Articles, on Past and Present," which was published in the Brooklyn Standard between June 3, 1861 and November 1, 1862. Some of the information and phrases contained in this manuscript were included in the thirteenth installment, which appeared on March 1, 1862.



Whitman Archive Title: [Bursts the wild storm]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00313
Series: Literary File
Box: 30
Folder: To the Man-of-War-Bird (1876). Printed Copies.
Date: about 1876
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: A heavily edited draft of the poem initially published as "The Man-of-War Bird" and eventually titled "To the Man-of-War-Bird." The draft is accompanied by Whitman's note about the poem's first publication in the April 1876 issue of The Athenæum. The note itself is dated March 1876.



Whitman Archive Title: [By day the distant]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00009
Series: Literary File
Box: 26
Folder: By Day the Distant Shadowy Sails (1883). A.MS. draft.
Date: October, 1883
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 17 x 15 cm, handwritten
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Content: Lines that likely constitute an early draft of "With Husky-Haughty Lips, O Sea!" This poem was published first in Harper's Monthly Magazine, March, 1884.



Whitman Archive Title: [By me]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00267
Series: Literary File
Box: 28
Folder: Prayer of Columbus (1874). A.MS. draft and notes.
Date: about 1874
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: A draft of lines from "Prayer of Columbus," first published in 1874.



Whitman Archive Title: [Carols at Seventy]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00016
Series: Literary File
Box: 26
Folder: A Carol Closing Sixty-Nine (1888). Proof Sheets and note.
Date: about 1888
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 19.5 x 24 cm, handwritten
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Content: Several trial titles for "A Carol Closing Sixty-Nine," first published in the New York Herald on 21 May 1888 and reprinted in the "Sands at Seventy" annex to Leaves of Grass the same year.



Whitman Archive Title: [Deep mystery of mysteries!]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00330
Series: Literary File
Box: 29
Folder: A Thought of Columbus (1892). A.MS. drafts.
Date: about 1892
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: A draft of lines for "A Thought of Columbus." According to Horace Traubel, this was the last poem Whitman wrote. It was published first in 1892. On the verso is the end of an undated letter from Mrs. John M. Gardner.



Whitman Archive Title: [Draw a picture of a model]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.02308
Series: Notes and Notebooks
Box: 40
Folder: Literary, Undated, Model American
Date: about 1868
Genre: prose
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: The description of "a model American young man" inscribed on this manuscript likely contributes to Whitman's journalism of the late 1850s and represents an early stage of the "model or portrait of Personality, for general use, for the manliness of The States" that Whitman set forth in his essay "Personalism," which appeared in the May 1868 issue of The Galaxy. He later combined the material from this and other essays to form Democratic Vistas, published as a monograph in 1871 and reprinted in Two Rivulets (1876), Specimen Days & Collect (1882–1883), Democratic Vistas, and Other Papers (1888), and Complete Prose Works (1892).



Whitman Archive Title: [Each claim, ideal, line]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00194
Series: Literary File
Box: 26
Folder: Each Claim, ideal, Line… A.MS. draft.
Date: about 1891
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 28 x 21.5 cm, handwritten
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Content: This draft appears to be trial lines for the poems "L. of G.'s Purport" and "L of G," both published in 1891. Near the middle of the page appear three underlined words, "These pages past," but whether or not they were intended as a title is unclear.



Whitman Archive Title: [Free cider]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00156
Series: Notes and Notebooks
Box: 38
Folder: Brooklyniana, Undated, Free cider and Long Island character.
Date: between 1850-1860
Genre: poetry, prose
Physical Description: 2 leaves, handwritten
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Content: Notes which include the first two lines of a draft of a poem beginning "You fired the shot." It is written in pencil on both sides of a narrow strip of lined paper, cut from a larger sheet.



Whitman Archive Title: [Funeral Sounds]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00200
Series: Literary File
Box: 27
Folder: Funeral Sounds (1888). A.MS. draft.
Date: about 1888
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: Early draft of a poem that was first published as "Over and Through the Burial Chant" in 1888. It was later published with the title "Interpolation Sounds." The poem was written on the occasion of General Philip Sheridan's death in 1888.



Whitman Archive Title: [George Walker]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00143
Series: Notes and Notebooks
Box: 37
Folder: 1855-1856, Crossing Brooklyn Ferry trial lines
Date: between 1855-1856
Genre: poetry, prose
Physical Description: about 45 leaves, handwritten
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Content: A notebook Whitman used for various purposes in the mid-1850s. Edward F. Grier, in his edition of Whitman's Notebooks and Unpublished Prose Manuscripts, 6 vols. (New York: New York University Press, 1984), 1:226–243, noted that the notebook contains lines and phrases that relate to several poems: "Song of the Broad-Axe," "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry," "I Sing the Body Electric," "Starting from Paumanok," "A Song for Occupations," "By Blue Ontario's Shore," "Salut au Monde!," "To One Shortly to Die," and "A Woman Waits for Me."



Whitman Archive Title: [Glendale birthdays]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.04691
Series: Diaries, Diary Notes, and Address Books
Box: 1
Folder: Address Books, 1876-86 (3 v.)
Date: 1876-1886
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: about 22 leaves, handwritten
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Content: An address book filled with names and addresses, figures, lists, and notes describing various spring blossoms (see image 44). The relationship of this notebook to Whitman's published work is unknown.



Whitman Archive Title: [Haply the lifeless cross]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00288
Series: Literary File
Box: 28
Folder: Prayer of Columbus (1874). A.MS. draft and notes.
Date: about 1874
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: A draft of lines from "Prayer of Columbus," first published in 1874. On the verso is prose about a "capacious class of mighty ministers of the mind."



Whitman Archive Title: [Hark! some wild trumpeter—]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00221
Series: Literary File
Box: 27
Folder: Mystic Trumpeter (1872). A.MS. draft and notes.
Date: between 1871-1872
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 23 leaves, largest 37.5 x 20.5 cm, handwritten
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Content: Held together loosely by a cover onto which a scrap of paper was pasted as a label, inscribed by Walt Whitman: "Hark! some wild trumpeter—." On verso of cover: "Advertising book of the Daily Freeman." At head in Whitman's hand: "Original rough draught and Memoranda of Mystic Trumpeter." Three pages of memoranda consist of trial lines and lists of words to be used in the poem. The first page is signed by Whitman. Mostly written in ink on versos of Department of Justice stationery. Many corrections in pencil, indelible pencil, or red ink. "The Mystic Trumpeter" was first published in 1872.



Whitman Archive Title: [Here fretful]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00014
Series: Literary File
Box: 29
Folder: Queries to My 70th Year (1888). A.MS. draft.
Date: about 1888
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 23 x 20 cm, handwritten
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Content: One page draft written in pencil on a sheet of coarse paper, with a notation in another hand at the very bottom ("297—Doubleday Queries to 70th Year"). The lines were revised and published as "Queries to My Seventieth Year" in 1888.



Whitman Archive Title: [Here the aboriginal money circulated]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00962
Series: Literary File
Box: 35
Folder: "Brooklyniana: History of Brooklyn and Long Island," drafts and notes
Date: about 1861
Genre: prose
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: Notes on the "aboriginal money" Whitman identifies as the "Seawan, or Seawant." Whitman wrote about this currency in the fourth installment of Brooklyniana, which appeared in the 28 December 1861 issue of the Brooklyn Standard. For more on how this manuscript may have contributed to this piece of journalism, see Kimberly Winschel Banion, "'These terrible 30 or 40 hours': Washington at the Battle of Brooklyn in Whitman's 'The Sleepers' and 'Brooklyniana' Manuscripts," Walt Whitman Quarterly Review 27 (Spring 2010), 193-212.



Whitman Archive Title: [Hermit Thrush]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00110
Series: Literary File
Box: 30
Folder: When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd (1865-66). A.MS. notes.
Date: about 1865
Genre: poetry, prose
Physical Description: 4 leaves, 10.5 x 6.5 cm, handwritten
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Content: Notes about the hermit thrush in a small homemade notebook, which are related to lines in the poem "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd," first published in 1865.



Whitman Archive Title: [Hospitals Culpepper]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00485
Series: Diaries, Diary Notes, and Address Books
Box: 1
Folder: Diaries, 1863–1864, hospital notebooks (2 vols.)
Date: 1863–1864
Genre: prose
Physical Description: 32 leaves, handwritten
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Content: A Civil War diary in which Whitman recorded notes relating to his experiences in Washington D.C. during 1863. Some of these notes were used in "A Case from Second Bull Run," a short piece about the death of John Mahay, first published in the 11 December 1864 issue of the New-York Times under the title "Our Wounded and Sick Soldiers. Visits Among Army Hospitals, At Washington, on the Field, and here in New-York." Whitman included this paragraph in Memoranda During the War (1876) and Specimen Days & Collect (1882). Other portions of this diary contributed directly to Memoranda During the War and others were first published in "Letter from Washington. Our National City, after all, has Some Big Points of Its Own—Its Suggestiveness Today—The Figure of Liberty Over the Capital—Scenes, both Fixed and Panoramic—A Thought on Our Future Capital," New-York Times, 4 October 1863.



Whitman Archive Title: [I am too full of woe]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00285
Series: Literary File
Box: 28
Folder: Prayer of Columbus (1874). A.MS. draft and notes.
Date: about 1874
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: A draft of lines from "Prayer of Columbus," first published in 1874.



Whitman Archive Title: [I do not relegate you]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00035
Series: Literary File
Box: 26
Folder: Children of Adam. A.MS. draft.
Date: between 1850-1860
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 26.5 x 15 cm, handwritten
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Content: These lines have an unknown relationship to Whitman's published work.



Whitman Archive Title: [I lately heard a lady]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.01079
Series: Literary File
Box: 36
Folder: Undated, "A Venetian Fable," draft
Date: 1841–1865
Genre: prose
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: This prose manuscript comments on a "Venetian fable," which is possibly a piece of early fiction. The date and relationship of this manuscript to Whitman's published work are unknown.



Whitman Archive Title: [I say the stars are not echoes]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00042
Series: Literary File
Box: 29
Folder: Song of Myself (1855). A.MS. draft.
Date: undated
Genre: poetry, prose
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: A draft of a poem that resembles section 23 of the final version of "Song of Myself" but whose specific relationship to Whitman's published work is unknown. The draft, though not identical, has many lines similar to the posthumously published manuscript titled "[I Am the Poet]." On the verso is a draft of an unidentified prose work.



Whitman Archive Title: [I was down in New Orleans]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00353
Series: Literary File
Box: 31
Folder: ca. 1848–1849. "The People and John Quincy Adams"
Date: 1848–1849
Genre: prose
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten, printed
View images: 1
Content: A corrected proof of "The People and John Quincy Adams," which appeared in the New Orleans Daily Crescent while Whitman was editor of that newspaper in 1848–1849. No image of the verso is currently available.



Whitman Archive Title: [I well remember Lafayette's laying]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.01027
Series: Literary File
Box: 36
Folder: Undated, "Lafayette in Brooklyn," draft
Date: about 1862
Genre: prose
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: Notes on the Apprentice's Library in Brooklyn. Whitman published a short history of the Apprentice's Library in "Brooklyniana: A Series of Local Articles, on Past and Present No. 15.," which first appeared in the issue of the Brooklyn Standard.



Whitman Archive Title: [I'll trace this garden oer and oer]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00204
Series: Literary File
Box: 27
Folder: I'll Trace This Garden. A.MS. draft.
Date: about 1865
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 20.5 x 12.5 cm, handwritten
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Content: Written in ink on letterhead from the Attorney General's Office, where Whitman was first employed on July 1, 1865, is a transcription beginning "[I'll trace this garden oer and oer]." This is Whitman's transcription, probably from memory, of "Johnny's Gone for a Soldier," a ballad popular during the American Revolution and based on the an Irish ballad entitled "Shule Agra."



Whitman Archive Title: [If the red slayer think he slays]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00205
Series: Literary File
Box: 27
Folder: I'll Trace This Garden. A.MS. draft.
Date: about 1865
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 20.5 x 12.5 cm, handwritten
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Content: This is a transcription of Ralph Waldo Emerson's poem "Brahma." Written in ink on letterhead from the Attorney General's Office, where Whitman was first employed on July 1, 1865.



Whitman Archive Title: [In considering the aims]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.01080
Series: Literary File
Box: 36
Folder: Undated, "Walt Whitman's Writings," draft
Date: 1855–1892
Genre: prose
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: This manuscript contains a small newspaper clipping review of Leaves of Grass, along with Whitman's comments about himself as an artist. The word "Horace" is written on the verso.



Whitman Archive Title: [In his presence]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00483
Series: Notes and Notebooks
Date: 1850–1871
Genre: prose, poetry
Physical Description: 14 leaves, handwritten
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Content: A notebook containing both prose and verse notes. Content from the twentieth image was revised and used in "The Sleepers," which first appeared as the fourth poem under the repeated title"Leaves of Grass" in Leaves of Grass (1855). Whitman changed the title of this poem two more times, "Night Poem" (1856) and "Sleep-Chasings" (1860), before settling on the final title in the 1871 edition of Leaves of Grass. This poem went through further revisions until 1881. All subsequent reprintings of "The Sleepers" overseen by Whitman are identical to the poem as it appeared in the 1881 edition of Leaves of Grass. For more on the development of this poem, see "The Changing shape of 'The Sleepers,' with special attention to the 'Lucifer' passage."



Whitman Archive Title: [Lay on the graves of all dead soldiers]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00190
Series: Literary File
Box: 26
Folder: Decoration Day. A.MS. draft
Date: undated
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 21 x 21.5 cm, handwritten
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Content: Trial lines for a poem published posthumously as "[Decoration Day]," a phrase underlined near the bottom of the page. The lines bear a resemblance to "Ashes of Soldiers," though that poem was published in 1865 and the United States did not declare Decoration Day an official holiday until 1868, suggesting that this manuscript was probably composed later. Notes in a hand other than Whitman's appear on the reverse.



Whitman Archive Title: [Life]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00154
Series: General Correspondence
Box: 16
Folder: Smith, Robert Pearsall. May 7, 1888.
Date: 1888
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: A draft of an unpublished poem on the verso of an 1888 letter to Robert Pearsall Smith. The relationship of this draft to Whitman's published work is unknown.



Whitman Archive Title: [Make a piece]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.03408
Series: Notes and Notebooks
Box: 39
Folder: Judgments of People
Date: about 1890
Genre: prose
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: Notes about historical examples of extreme reactions against seemingly unobjectionable works and practices. Whitman used these ideas in "Old Poets," which was first published in 1888 in November Boughs and later reprinted in Complete Prose Works (1892).



Whitman Archive Title: [Man's physiology complete I sing.]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.04672
Series: Notes and Notebooks
Date: about 1867
Genre: prose, poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: This manuscript fragment, written in ink and heavily corrected in pencil, contributed to the poem that appeared on the frontispiece of the 1867 edition of Leaves of Grass under the title "Inscription." A revised and final version appeared in the 1871-72 edition, as the first poem of the "Inscriptions" cluster, with the title "One's-Self I Sing."



Whitman Archive Title: [Many consider the expressions]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.01015
Series: Literary File
Box: 36
Folder: Undated, "Expressions of Poetry," clipping with corrections
Date: 1884–1888
Genre: prose
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten, printed
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Content: Two short clippings of Whitman's own prose, which have been pasted to a larger sheet and feature corrections in Whitman's hand. The printed text appeared uncorrected in the 5 January 1884 issue of the Critic with the title, "A Backward Glance on My Own Road." This essay was revised and included in Democratic Vistas, and Other Papers (1888) before parts of it were combined with two other pieces of journalism ("How I Made a Book," Philadelphia Press, 11 July 1886; "My Book and I," Lippincott's Magazine, January 1887) and published as "A Backward Glance O'er Travel'd Roads" in November Boughs (1888).



Whitman Archive Title: [March & April, '63]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00926
Series: Literary File
Box: 32
Folder: 1863, Mar.-Apr., "War Experiences," proof sheets with corrections
Date: 1863–1864
Genre: prose
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten, printed
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Content: A corrected proof sheet detailing Whitman's work in hospitals during the Civil War. These paragraphs appeared in "Our Wounded and Sick Soldiers. Visits Among Army Hospitals, At Washington, on the Field, and here in New-York" New-York Times (11 December 1864).



Whitman Archive Title: [Mask with their lids thine eyes]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00262
Series: Literary File
Box: 28
Folder: Penitenzia. A.MS. draft.
Date: about 1870
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: A draft of a poem never published in Whitman's lifetime, but published posthumously as "[Mask with Their Lids]." The draft was evidently part of a larger notebook titled "Penitenzia," but no other pages from such a notebook are present in this folder. The folder also contains two pages from Clifton Joseph Furness's book Walt Whitman's Workshop concerning the draft.



Whitman Archive Title: [My hand, my limbs grow nerveless]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00273
Series: Literary File
Box: 28
Folder: Prayer of Columbus (1874). A.MS. draft and notes.
Date: about 1874
Genre: poetry, poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: A heavily revised draft, written on two scraps pasted together, of lines for "Prayer of Columbus," first published in 1874. On the verso are prose notes beginning "Idea in each of the three papers." Whitman's intentions for these notes are unclear.



Whitman Archive Title: [No doubt the efflux of the soul]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00025
Series: Notes and Notebooks
Box: 38
Folder: Undated Thoughts, Ideas, and Trial lines (3 V.)
Date: 1856–1871
Genre: prose, poetry
Physical Description: 14 leaves, handwritten
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Content: Also known as the "Sleepers Notebook," this manuscript is composed almost entirely in prose. However, the ideas developed throughout much of this notebook have been linked to the poem, "The Sleepers," a version of which appeared in Leaves of Grass in 1855. Additionally, some phrases which appear in this notebook were used slightly revised in "Song of the Open Road," first published in the 1856 edition of Leaves of Grass as "Poem of the Road."



Whitman Archive Title: [No poem sings]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00920
Series: Literary File
Box: 32
Folder: 1860, "War Memoranda," draft
Date: 1860–1876
Genre: prose
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten, printed
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Content: A heavily revised draft of "Unnamed Remains the Bravest Soldier." This piece first appeared untitled in Memoranda During the War (1876). It was reprinted in Specimen Days & Collect (1882).



Whitman Archive Title: [Not Meagre, Latent Boughs Alone]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00223
Series: Literary File
Box: 27
Folder: Not Meagre, Latent Boughs Alone (1887)
Date: May 2, 1887
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: A late draft of "Not Meagre, Latent Boughs Alone" first published in 1887, with Whitman's signature at the bottom and "Camden NJ" and the date, May 2, 1887, written at the top.



Whitman Archive Title: [Not meagre latent boughs alone]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00224
Series: Literary File
Box: 27
Folder: Not Meagre, Latent Boughs Alone (1887)
Date: 1887
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 10 x 15 cm, handwritten
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Content: Trial lines for "Not Meagre, Latent Boughs Alone," first published in 1887. Written at top is "Camden" and the date, April 28, 1887.



Whitman Archive Title: [Notes where wild bees flitting hum]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00111
Series: Literary File
Box: 29
Folder: Supplement Hours. A.MS. drafts.
Date: about 1881
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: Drafts and trial lines for the poem published posthumously as "Supplement Hours" in 1897.



Whitman Archive Title: [O Earth, my likeness]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00225
Series: Literary File
Box: 27
Folder: O Earth, My Likeness (1860). A.MS. draft.
Date: 1860
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 20.5 x 16 cm, handwritten
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Content: A draft of the poem first published as "Calamus, No. 36" in 1860 ("Earth, My Likeness" in the final version of Leaves of Grass). A number 8 and a roman number VI are at the top of the page. This manuscript has a vertical line drawn straight through the middle. On the verso is a page of prose in Whitman's hand with "Rel." at the top.



Whitman Archive Title: [One main]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.03853
Series: General Correspondence
Box: 16
Folder: Smith, Robert Pearsall
Date: about 1887
Genre: prose
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten, printed
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Content: Clipping, with handwritten revisions, of a passage from "A Backward Glance on My Own Road," which had been published in the January 5, 1884 issue of The Critic. This passage was incorporated into "My Book and I," which was first published in the January 1887 issue of Lippincott's Monthly Magazine. It was also retained when Whitman used these and two other earlier essays ("How 'Leaves of Grass' Was Made" and "How I Made a Book") to fashion "A Backward Glance O'er Travel'd Roads," first published in November Boughs (1888) and reprinted in the so-called deathbed edition of 1891–1892. It is unclear whether this manuscript was created in the processes that produced "My Book and I" or if it dates from the later work to create "A Backward Glance O'er Travel'd Roads."



Whitman Archive Title: [Peace no more]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00261
Series: Literary File
Box: 28
Folder: Peace No More, But Flag of War. A.MS. draft.
Date: undated
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 16 x 19 cm, handwritten
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Content: A draft beginning "Peace no more, but flag of war" written in pencil on a sheet of white paper, with a corner cut out, on which the last two lines of the poem had been written. On the verso is a list of words. The relationship of this draft to Whitman's published work is unknown.



Whitman Archive Title: [Philadelphia, Pa]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00166
Series: Notes and Notebooks
Box: 39
Folder: c. 1880-81, Comrades.
Date: about 1880-81
Genre: poetry, prose
Physical Description: 7 leaves, handwritten
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Content: A small notebook held together by a pin with notes and trial lines for a poem about comrades.



Whitman Archive Title: [Poem—Columbus]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00880
Series: Literary File
Box: 28
Folder: Prayer of Columbus (1874). Marginalia.
Date: about May, 1869
Genre: poetry, prose
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 41 x 27 cm, handwritten
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Content: Detached from Irish Republic 3, no. 5 (May 1869), 60: "The Last Days of Columbus" [abstract from Sir Arthur Phelps' book The Spanish Conquest in America, reprinted from Harper's Magazine]. Across left margin in Walt Whitman's hand: "Poems—Columbus—(? that name for piece)—make the poem an utterance of Columbus—there on Jamaica island (read first Ulysses, by Tennyson)." Some of the passages in the abstract are marked and underlined by Whitman. This is assumed to be the original idea of the poem "Prayer of Columbus," first published in 1874.



Whitman Archive Title: [Power, passions, vehement joys]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00036
Series: Literary File
Box: 26
Folder: Children of Adam. A.MS. draft.
Date: between 1850-1860
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 26.5 x 15 cm, handwritten
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Content: These lines have an unknown relationship to Whitman's published work.



Whitman Archive Title: [Priests!]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00013
Series: Literary File
Box: 28
Folder: Priests! (1855). A.MS. draft.
Date: about 1855
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 10 x 20 cm, handwritten
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Content: These lines thematically resemble work of the 1855 edition of Leaves of Grass, specifically the final lines of the poem later called "A Song for Occupations," but their specific relationship to Whitman's published work is unknown. These lines were posthumously published with the title "[Until You Can Explain...]" On the verso, Whitman jotted a note for a poem he planned to gather "for droppin[gs]."



Whitman Archive Title: [Probably we can give no]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.05724
Series: Literary File
Box: 35
Folder: Prose."Personal and Old Age Memoranda" (Mar'91)
Date: about 1890
Genre: prose
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten, printed
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Content: Partial draft of the essay published as "Some Personal and Old-Age Memoranda" in the March 1891 issue of Lippincott's Monthly Magazine. The leaf is made from a proof copy of "Autobiographic Note. From an old 'remembrance copy,'" which had appeared in Horace Traubel's 1889 volume Camden's Compliment to Walt Whitman, to which is pasted an envelope addressed in the hand of Richard Maurice Bucke to Whitman. The essay was reprinted as "Some Personal and Old-Age Jottings" in the February 28, 1891 issue of The Critic, in Good-Bye My Fancy (1891), and in Complete Prose Works (1892).



Whitman Archive Title: [Put on the old ship]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00234
Series: Literary File
Box: 28
Folder: Old Age's Ship and Crafty Death's (1890). A.MS. draft.
Date: between 1888-1890
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 2 leaves, 25.5 x 22.5, 24 x 15 cm, handwritten
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Content: An early draft written in ink, with a correction in blue pencil, of "Old Age's Ship and Crafty Death's," first published in 1890. The draft has the underlined title "Old Age's Ship and crafty Death" half way down the page. One page is written on the back an opened envelope addressed to Whitman and postmarked Scarborough, December 20, 1888.



Whitman Archive Title: [Railroad poem]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00147
Series: Notes and Notebooks
Box: 40
Folder: Literary, Undated, Railroad Poem
Date: undated
Genre: poetry, prose
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: Notes for several ideas for poems, including the railroad, mines, "corn and meat," and "the Man's hand and the Woman's hand." At the bottom is a longer prose note describing Whitman's goals for a large work about the American West.



Whitman Archive Title: [Reck'd]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00331
Series: Literary File
Box: 29
Folder: A Thought of Columbus (1892). A.MS. drafts.
Date: about 1892
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: A draft of lines for "A Thought of Columbus." According to Horace Traubel, this was the last poem Whitman wrote. It was published first in 1892. On the verso is a cut away, undated letter.



Whitman Archive Title: [Rough MS of Democratic Vistas]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.05655
Series: Literary File
Box: 20
Folder: Democratic Vistas (1871), Manuscript draft
Date: about 1871
Genre: prose, poetry
Physical Description: 65 leaves, handwritten
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Content: A rough, and heavily revised draft of Democratic Vistas, first published in 1871 and included in Complete Prose Works (1892). On the verso of page 30 is loc.00144, "[To What You Said]," a poetry draft described separately in this finding aid.



Whitman Archive Title: [Scoria]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.01065
Series: Literary File
Box: 36
Folder: Words for an Intended Dictionary
Date: 1841-1892
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 5 leaves, handwritten
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Content: This list of English and foreign words and phrases, along with definitions, may have been sketches for a dictionary.



Whitman Archive Title: [September & October 1863]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00149
Series: Diaries, Diary Notes, and Address Books
Box: 1
Folder: Address Books 1863, Sept.–Oct.
Date: 1863
Genre: poetry, prose
Physical Description: about 21 leaves, 10 x 7 cm, handwritten
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Content: A notebook bound by Whitman and tied with red ribbon. It contains addresses of many soldiers hospitalized at Armory Square Hospital in Washington. Short case histories follow most of the names. Also contains trial lines for the poem "Vigil Strange I Kept on the Field One Night," first published in 1865 (see images 7, 11-14 and 16 for material related to "Vigil Strange I Kept on the Field One Night").



Whitman Archive Title: [Skirting the river]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00132
Series: Literary File
Box: 26
Folder: The Dalliance of the Eagles (1880). A.MS. drafts.
Date: 1880
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 12.5 x 19 cm, handwritten
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Content: These lines were later revised and published as "The Dalliance of the Eagles" in 1880.



Whitman Archive Title: [Some 35 years ago]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.01076
Series: Literary File
Box: 36
Folder: 1876, Oct.2, "In Memory of Thomas Paine," signed draft
Date: 1876
Genre: prose
Physical Description: 6 leaves, handwritten
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Content: Dated "Oct 2 '76" on the last page, this manuscript is a draft of Whitman's speech on Thomas Paine, which was first published in the New York Daily Tribune (29 January 1877) as "Walt Whitman on Thomas Paine." This piece was later published in Specimen Days (1882–1883) as "In Memory of Thomas Paine" before being collected in Complete Prose Works (1892).



Whitman Archive Title: [Somewhere I have found Carlyle announcing]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.04413
Series: Notes and Notebooks
Date: about 1890
Genre: prose
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: Manuscript notes, heavily revised, apparently for the preface to Whitman's 1891 volume Good-Bye My Fancy, although the printed preface (titled "Preface Note to 2d Annex, Concluding L. of G.—1891") incorporates very few of the actual words and phrases from this manuscript. The preface was later reprinted, without change, in the 1891-92 printing of Leaves of Grass. On the reverse is a letter from Louisa Drewry, dated July 10, 1890.



Whitman Archive Title: [Steersman unseen]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00274
Series: Literary File
Box: 28
Folder: Prayer of Columbus (1874). A.MS. draft and notes.
Date: about 1874
Genre: poetry, prose
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: A draft of lines from "Prayer of Columbus," first published in 1874. On the verso are prose notes beginning "Idea in each of the three papers."



Whitman Archive Title: [The Epos of a Life]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00196
Series: Literary File
Box: 26
Folder: The Epos of a Life… A.MS. draft.
Date: undated
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 13.75 x 20.5 cm, handwritten
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Content: An unpublished poem written on a piece of lined stationery.



Whitman Archive Title: [The North too will eliminate]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00996
Series: Literary File
Box: 36
Folder: Undated, "Eliminate Fanatics," draft
Date: about 1874
Genre: prose
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: The recto includes two prose paragraphs that contributed to the first installment of "'Tis But Ten Years Since," which appeared in the New York Weekly Graphic in January 1874. The verso contains a fragment of correspondence.



Whitman Archive Title: [The Trapper's Bride]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00164
Series: Notes and Notebooks
Box: 39
Folder: Literary, 1856, Indian Theme for Poem
Date: 1856 or later
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, printed, handwritten
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Content: A clipping of an article entitled "The Indian in American Art" from The Crayon: A Journal Devoted to the Graphic Arts, and the Literature Related to Them, with a piece of paper pasted to the bottom containing an idea for a poem about Native Americans. At the top is written "The Trapper's Bride by a Baltimore artist." A date on the verso indicates that the document is from January 1856.



Whitman Archive Title: [The Voice]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00173
Series: Notes and Notebooks
Box: 40
Folder: Literary, Undated, The Voice
Date: undated
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: Notes for a poem about the voices inside the heads of Socrates and Joan of Arc.



Whitman Archive Title: [The first actual resident settlement]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00980
Series: Literary File
Box: 35
Folder: "Brooklyniana: History of Brooklyn and Long Island," drafts and notes
Date: about 1861
Genre: prose
Physical Description: 2 leaves, handwritten
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Content: Notes on the settlement of Brooklyn that may have contributed to the first installment of "Brooklyniana; A Series of Local Articles, Past and Present. No. 1," first published in the Brooklyn Daily Standard on 3 June 1861.



Whitman Archive Title: [The genuine miracles of Christ]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.01019
Series: Literary File
Box: 36
Folder: Undated, "The Genuine Miracles of Christ," draft
Date: about 1855
Genre: prose, poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: A cancelled prose manuscript containing lines which contributed to Whitman's published poetry. The line which reads, "the vast elemental sympathy which, only the human soul is capable of generating and emitting in steady and limitless floods," was used, slightly revised, in "A Song of Joys," which first appeared in the 1860 edition of Leaves of Grass, as "Poem of Joys." The line which reads, "descend from the tips of his fingers from the smell of his body from the vapor of his lungs" was revised and used in the 1855 edition of Leaves of Grass, and eventually was included in what ultimately came to be the 39th stanza of "Song of Myself."



Whitman Archive Title: [The lesson]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00306
Series: Literary File
Box: 29
Folder: Supplement Hours. A.MS. drafts.
Date: about 1881
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: Drafts and trial lines for the poem published posthumously as "Supplement Hours" in 1897.



Whitman Archive Title: [The long]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.01779
Series: Notes and Notebooks
Box: 41
Folder: Undated, War Notes
Date: 1861–1876
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: Draft lines toward an unpublished poem on the "measureless history" of the trenches.



Whitman Archive Title: [The mystery of mysteries!]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00334
Series: Literary File
Box: 29
Folder: A Thought of Columbus (1892). A.MS. drafts.
Date: about 1892
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: A draft of lines for "A Thought of Columbus." According to Horace Traubel, this was the last poem Whitman wrote. It was published first in 1892. The draft is written on an opened-up envelope from J. H. Johnston postmarked October 30, 1891.



Whitman Archive Title: [The subject or text of my]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.01762
Series: Literary File
Box: 37
Folder: 1886, Apr. 15, "Abraham Lincoln"
Date: 1879–1887
Genre: prose
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten, printed
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Content: Manuscript notes attached to a scrap of printed prose, both of which relate to Whitman's Lincoln lecture, titled "Death of Abraham Lincoln." Whitman published this address in Specimen Days & Collect (1882–1883) before including it in Complete Prose Works (1892).



Whitman Archive Title: [The tangled long]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00329
Series: Literary File
Box: 29
Folder: A Thought of Columbus (1892). A.MS. drafts.
Date: about 1892
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: A draft line for "A Thought of Columbus." According to Horace Traubel, this was the last poem Whitman wrote. It was published first in 1892. On the verso is a letter from Henry Hopkins dated November 2, 1891.



Whitman Archive Title: [The terminus now near]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00284
Series: Literary File
Box: 28
Folder: Prayer of Columbus (1874). A.MS. draft and notes.
Date: about 1874
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: A draft of lines from "Prayer of Columbus," first published in 1874.



Whitman Archive Title: [The trilogy]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00381
Series: Literary File
Box: 25
Folder: After All, Not to Create Only (1871). Manuscript Drafts and Notes.
Date: about 1871
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: about 50 leaves, handwritten
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Content: Several notes and drafts with an unknown relationship to one another, but all, at least thematically, resembling the poem first published as "After All, Not to Create Only" in 1871 (later published as "Song of the Exposition"). The pages include trial lines for the poem, as well as notes which indicate the general ambitions and themes of the work. Within these pages, other trial titles of the poem are also included: "After all, not to command only," "After all, not to create but to obey," and "After all, not to create or destroy only." On the verso of one of the leaves is a letter from William Black seeking Whitman's autograph.



Whitman Archive Title: [The wild gander leads]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00507
Series: Literary File
Box: 20
Folder: L of G (1855). Manuscript Page.
Date: about 1855
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: A one-page handwritten draft of a portion of "Song of Myself," which was published first in 1855. These lines eventually became section 14 and the beginning of section 15 in the final version of Leaves of Grass. On the verso is a long list of words.



Whitman Archive Title: [Thee, in thy orbic singers]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00310
Series: Literary File
Box: 29
Folder: Thou Mother With thy Equal Brood (1872). A.MS. draft.
Date: about 1872
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: A draft of lines that would appear, in a revised form, first in "As A Strong Bird on Pinions Free" in 1872, and later under the title "Thou Mother With Thy Equal Brood." The leaf consists of two clipped scraps pasted together, and the upper part of the leaf is pasted to a yellow backing sheet that bears writing and sketches in the hand of Horace Traubel. Our images show the front of the leaf, that part of the back visible by lifting the lower part of the leaf, and the reverse side of the backing sheet.



Whitman Archive Title: [There in the far northwest]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00121
Series: Literary File
Box: 27
Folder: From Far Dakota's Canons (1876). A.MS.S. drafts.
Date: 1876
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 10 leaves, 20 x 12 cm, 11.5 x 18.5 cm, handwritten
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Content: Apparently, two versions of a poem about the death of Custer. On the verso of the second page is "A Death Sonnet" (see image 14) and on another is "A Death Sonnet for Custer" (see image 4). The poem was published on June 10, 1876 as "A Death Sonnet for Custer."



Whitman Archive Title: [Thine now the helm]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00286
Series: Literary File
Box: 28
Folder: Prayer of Columbus (1874). A.MS. draft and notes.
Date: about 1874
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: A draft of lines from "Prayer of Columbus," first published in 1874.



Whitman Archive Title: [This designation of Myself]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00249
Series: Literary File
Box: 28
Folder: Out from Behind This Mask (1876). A.MS. draft.
Date: between 1873-1876
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: Draft of lines from the poem "Out From Behind This Mask," first published in 1876.



Whitman Archive Title: [Thou knowest my]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00268
Series: Literary File
Box: 28
Folder: Prayer of Columbus (1874). A.MS. draft and notes.
Date: about 1874
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: A draft of lines from "Prayer of Columbus," first published in 1874.



Whitman Archive Title: [Through you I drain the pent-up of rivers]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00038
Series: Literary File
Date: between 1850 and 1860
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 26.5 x 15 cm, handwritten
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Content: This manuscript contains lines that later appeared in "Poem of Procreation" in 1856 (later known as "A Woman Waits for Me").



Whitman Archive Title: [To What You Said]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00144
Series: Literary File
Box: 20
Folder: Democratic Vistas. Manuscript Draft. Original Draft.
Date: about 1860
Genre: poetry, prose
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: Cancelled draft written in pencil on the verso of page 30 (Whitman's numbering) of a sixty-five page rough draft of Democratic Vistas (see "[Rough MS of Democratic Vistas]"). "[To What You Said]" bears a strong relationship to the "Calamus" poems that were composed between 1857-1860.



Whitman Archive Title: [To printer]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00048
Series: Literary File
Box: 19
Folder: Complete Poems and Prose (1888), Manuscript drafts, Title page
Date: about 1888
Genre: prose
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: A mock title page for Complete Poems & Prose of Walt Whitman, 1855–1888 Authenticated & Personal Book (handled by W.W.) Portraits from Life...Autograph (1888).



Whitman Archive Title: [To-day completes my three-score-and]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.04657
Series: Notes and Notebooks
Date: 1889
Genre: prose, poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, printed, handwritten
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Content: Printer's copy of the "Prefatory Letter to the Reader" that appeared in the 1889 printing of Leaves of Grass as an introduction to the essay "A Backward Glance O'er Travel'd Roads." This letter was omitted in the so-called "deathbed edition" of 1891–92.



Whitman Archive Title: [True, I could not construct]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.05856
Series: Literary File
Box: 36
Folder: Undated, "Complete Human Identity," draft
Date: about 1882
Genre: prose
Physical Description: 2 leaves, handwritten
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Content: A heavily revised, partial draft of "A Memorandum at a Venture," first published in the June 1882 issue of North American Review.



Whitman Archive Title: [Two Rivulets]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00150
Series: Diaries, Diary Notes, and Address Books
Box: 1
Folder: Address Books, 1876-86 (3 v.)
Date: 1876-1886
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: more than 17 leaves, handwritten
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Content: An address book filled with names and addresses, notes, figures, lists, and trial lines for poems and prose. Contained within the address book are trial lines, which Whitman labeled "Old Proverb," called "[I'd make the Songs of the Nation]" (see image 26). Also in this notebook is a note entitled "Death of Lincoln" describing ambitions for a piece on that topic (see image 5).



Whitman Archive Title: [Two scenes capriciously rising out of the past]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00039
Series: Literary File
Box: 26
Folder: Children of Adam. A.MS. draft.
Date: between 1850-1860
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 26.5 x 15 cm, handwritten
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Content: Portions appear to be trial lines for a poem entitled "Pictures" published posthumously, first in 1925. Other lines have an unknown relationship to Whitman's published work.



Whitman Archive Title: [Utter prostrate]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00283
Series: Literary File
Box: 28
Folder: Prayer of Columbus (1874). A.MS. draft and notes.
Date: about 1874
Genre: poetry, prose
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: A draft of lines from "Prayer of Columbus," first published in 1874. On the verso are Whitman's prose notes, now partially torn away, treating "Personal[ism]" and the Kalev[ala].



Whitman Archive Title: [What may be the end I know not]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00276
Series: Literary File
Box: 28
Folder: Prayer of Columbus (1874). A.MS. draft and notes.
Date: about 1874
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: A draft of lines from "Prayer of Columbus," first published in 1874. On the verso is a prose note reading "much of this stuff will come in the 'Notes.'"



Whitman Archive Title: [Which leads me to another point]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.01074
Series: Literary File
Box: 36
Folder: Undated, "The Whole Past Century," draft
Date: about 1891
Genre: prose
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: In these prose notes, Whitman reflects on the impact of the Civil War on the nation. Written at the top of the page, in an unknown hand, possibly that of Horace Traubel, "see notes Mar 18 1891." This manuscript contributed to "American's Bulk Average," which first appeared in Good-Bye My Fancy (1891) before being collected in Complete Prose Works (1892).



Whitman Archive Title: [Why should I be afraid]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.01075
Series: Literary File
Box: 36
Folder: Undated, "Why Should I Be Afraid?" draft
Date: 1855-1892
Genre: prose
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: On the verso of what appears to be an incoming letter, Whitman states that he has "abandon'd the conventional themes." These comments were revised and published in "A Backward Glance O'er Travel'd Roads,", the essay that Whitman used to close the 1891–92 edition of Leaves of Grass. "A Backward Glance O'er Travel'd Roads" first appeared in Lippincott's Magazine (January 1887), under the title "My Book and I." Reprinted in Democratic Vistas, and Other Papers (1888), "My Book and I" was also combined with "How I Made a Book," Philadelphia Press (11 July 1889) and "A Backward Glance on My Own Road," Critic (5 January 1884) and published as "A Backward Glance" in November Boughs (1888).



Whitman Archive Title: [Wild, wild the storm and the]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00257
Series: Literary File
Box: 28
Folder: Patroling Barnegat (1880)
Date: May 1880
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 2 leaves, handwritten
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Content: A heavily revised draft of "Patroling Barnegat," first published in the April 1881 issue of Harper's Monthly Magazine as "Patrolling Barnegat."



Whitman Archive Title: [Yet Alas! while how near]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.01072
Series: Literary File
Box: 36
Folder: Whither are we Sailing?
Date: 1841-1892
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: Sections of paper are pasted together in this prose reflection on "the motif of life." The relationship of these revised drafts to Whitman's published work is unknown.



Whitman Archive Title: [Yet completion were lacking if]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00037
Series: Literary File
Box: 26
Folder: Children of Adam. A.MS. draft.
Date: between 1850-1860
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 26.5 x 15 cm, handwritten
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Content: This manuscript contains a line used in "Poem of Procreation" in 1856 (later known as "A Woman Waits for Me").



Whitman Archive Title: [a thoughtful German reader]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00509
Series: Supplementary File
Box: 58
Folder: Leaves of Grass, 1885 edition, Manuscript page
Date: 1881
Genre: prose
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: This manuscript contains notes on Leaves of Grass that appeared slightly revised in an unsigned collaborative review written jointly by Sylvester Baxter and Whitman, published in the 30 October 1881 issue of the Boston Sunday Herald under the title, "'Leaves of Grass.' The Complete Poems of Walt Whitman As Published by a Famous Boston House. A Friendly Characterization of the Poet's Work."



Whitman Archive Title: [ab't like this]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00045
Series: Literary File
Box: 19
Folder: Complete Poems and Prose (1888), Manuscript drafts, Title page
Date: about 1888
Genre: prose
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten, printed
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Content: A mock title page for Complete Poems & Prose of Walt Whitman, 1855–1888 Authenticated & Personal Book (handled by W.W.) Portraits from Life...Autograph (1888).



Whitman Archive Title: [and a surplus of a hundred millions & more]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.01055
Series: Literary File
Box: 36
Folder: Undated, "These States and the Kosmical Scale," draft
Date: 1891
Genre: prose
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: This manuscript is a partial draft of "American National Literature. Is There Any Such Thing—or Can There Ever Be?," which first appeared in the March 1891 issue of North American Review under the title, "Have We a National Literature?" before appearing in Good-Bye By Fancy (1891, and Complete Prose Works (1892).



Whitman Archive Title: [answer the point]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.03681
Series: Notes and Notebooks
Date: about 1867
Genre: prose
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: This short note provides phrases that contributed to the essay "Democracy," which was published in the December 1867 issue of The Galaxy. When Whitman combined this and two other essays to form the pamphlet-length essay Democratic Vistas (1871), he ommitted the section containing the phrases in this manuscript.



Whitman Archive Title: [casts off her moorings]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00018
Series: Literary File
Box: 29
Folder: Sail Out for Good, Eidólon Yacht! (1888). A.MS. drafts and notes.
Date: about 1890
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: Trial lines for "Sail Out for Good, Eidólon Yacht!," which was published first in 1891. On the verso is a letter from Harry C. Kochersperger dated June 27, 1890.



Whitman Archive Title: [curiously writes itself]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.01077
Series: Literary File
Box: 36
Folder: Undated, "Twilight Whisperings," draft
Date: about 1870
Genre: poetry, prose
Physical Description: 3 leaves, handwritten
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Content: These manuscript pages reflect Whitman's experiences visiting the sick in hospitals in Washington during "the Secession War." Two lines from this manuscript, "At vacancy with Nature / Acceptive and at ease," were used as part of the poem Whitman presents in, "A Quintette," first published in Specimen Days & Collect (1882–1883) before being collected in Complete Prose Works (1892).



Whitman Archive Title: [dear to me]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00171
Series: Notes and Notebooks
Box: 40
Folder: Literary, Undated, The States and Their Resources
Date: undated
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 2 leaves, handwritten
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Content: a draft line of poetry describing the land that is "dear" to the poet. Whitman had "Always the South" in mind as he composed the line, though this phrase was deleted.



Whitman Archive Title: [floor with his hands in his pockets]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.01066
Series: Literary File
Box: 36
Folder: Work on the Farm
Date: 1841-1892
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: This prose manuscript portrays a person in a farm scene. The relationship to Whitman's published work is unknown.



Whitman Archive Title: [for 'Again old heart so gay']
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00619
Series: Notes and Notebooks
Box: 39
Folder: Literary, 1871, Again Old Heart.
Date: 1872
Genre: poetry, prose
Physical Description: 2 leaves, handwritten
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Content: Two pages of notes for a piece entitled "Again old heart so gay" about "the idea of constantly recurring Birth and Death." This manuscript is probably related to "By Broad Potomac's Shore," first published in 1872.



Whitman Archive Title: [for Abraham Lincoln]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.01800
Series: Literary File
Box: 37
Folder: ca. 1877–1883, 'Death of Abraham Lincoln,' notes
Date: 1877–1886
Genre: prose
Physical Description: 3 leaves, handwritten
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Content: Notes toward a draft of "Abraham Lincoln," first published, untitled, in Allen Thorndike Rice, ed., Reminiscences of Abraham Lincoln (1886). Whitman reprinted this essay in November Boughs (1888). A revised version of the essay appeared in Complete Prose Works (1892). Whitman composed these notes on a piece of incoming correspondence.



Whitman Archive Title: [for closing passage]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.01799
Series: Literary File
Box: 37
Folder: ca. 1877–1883, Death of Abraham Lincoln, notes
Date: 1875–1886
Genre: prose
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: A heavily revised prose manuscript in which Whitman worked through ideas on the death of Abraham Lincoln. Whitman himself scrawled "Death of Abraham Lincoln" at the top of this manuscript; however, no other textual link can be made between this manuscript and "Death of Abraham Lincoln." This manuscript appears to be a draft of another prose piece on Lincoln, titled "Abraham Lincoln." This essay was first published, untitled, in Allen Thorndike Rice, ed., Reminiscences of Abraham Lincoln (1886). Whitman reprinted this essay in November Boughs (1888). A revised version of the essay appeared in Complete Prose Works (1892).



Whitman Archive Title: [from the tips of his fingers]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.05705
Series: Notes and Notebooks
Box: 38
Folder: Notes & Nbks Brooklyniana Fulton St
Date: about 1855
Genre: poetry, prose
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: Cancelled and fragmentary lines that were revised and used in what became section 39 of the final version of "Song of Myself," a poem first published in Leaves of Grass (1855). The prose note on the other side of the leaf concerns Brooklyn history, though no connection between it and Whitman's published work on that subject has been established.



Whitman Archive Title: [here strange continents]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00250
Series: Literary File
Box: 28
Folder: Out from Behind This Mask (1876). A.MS. draft.
Date: between 1873-1876
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: Draft of lines from the poem "Out From Behind This Mask," first published in 1876.



Whitman Archive Title: [in the west]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00168
Series: Notes and Notebooks
Box: 40
Folder: Literary, Undated, Poem of the Vision of the West
Date: undated
Genre: prose, poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: Notes for a poem offering a vision of the American west centuries in the future.



Whitman Archive Title: [let the big]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00046
Series: Literary File
Box: 19
Folder: Complete Poems and Prose (1888), Manuscript drafts, Title page
Date: about 1888
Genre: prose
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: A mock title page for Complete Poems & Prose of Walt Whitman, 1855–1888 Authenticated & Personal Book (handled by W.W.) Portraits from Life...Autograph (1888).



Whitman Archive Title: [mark the figure]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.01032
Series: Literary File
Box: 36
Folder: Undated, "Mark the Figure," draft
Date: about 1860
Genre: prose
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: Two scraps pasted together to make one leaf. Lines from this manuscript were revised and used in "A Song of Joys," which first appeared in the 1860 edition of Leaves of Grass, as "Poem of Joys."



Whitman Archive Title: [med Cophósis]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00005
Series: Notes and Notebooks
Box: 39
Folder: Literary, Before 1855, Women
Date: between 1850-1856
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 2 leaves, handwritten
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Content: A notebook kept by Whitman in the early to mid-1850s. William White, in his edition of Whitman's Daybooks and Notebooks, 3 vols. (New York: New York University Press, 1978), noted a relationship between this notebook and the poems "Who Learns My Lesson Complete?," "By Blue Ontario's Shore," "Song of the Answerer," and "There Was a Child Went Forth."



Whitman Archive Title: [more books]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.03403
Series: Notes and Notebooks
Box: 39
Folder: 18
Date: about 1885
Genre: prose
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: Manuscript draft fragment for an article that appeared under the title "Walt Whitman at Camden" in the February 28, 1885 issue of the Critic under the pseudonym George Selwyn. The article was the seventh in the magazine's "Authors at Home" series.



Whitman Archive Title: [my altar here the bleak sea-sand]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00281
Series: Literary File
Box: 28
Folder: Prayer of Columbus (1874). A.MS. draft and notes.
Date: about 1874
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: A draft of lines from "Prayer of Columbus," first published in 1874.



Whitman Archive Title: [my brain grows rack'd]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00278
Series: Literary File
Box: 28
Folder: Prayer of Columbus (1874). A.MS. draft and notes.
Date: about 1874
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: A draft of lines from "Prayer of Columbus," first published in 1874.



Whitman Archive Title: [my end draws]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00277
Series: Literary File
Box: 28
Folder: Prayer of Columbus (1874). A.MS. draft and notes.
Date: about 1874
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: A draft of lines from "Prayer of Columbus," first published in 1874.



Whitman Archive Title: [nor humility's book]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00505
Series: General Correspondence
Box: 9
Folder: Doyle, Peter. Oct. 14, 1868.
Date: 1868
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 2 leaves, handwritten
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Content: A draft of a poem on the verso of an 1868 draft letter to Peter Doyle. The poem has been published posthumously under the title "[Nor Humility's Book]."



Whitman Archive Title: [reject the claims of the genre Culturists]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.02307
Series: Notes and Notebooks
Box: 40
Folder: Literary, Undated, Model American
Date: undated
Genre: prose
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: One leaf with notes about how American life and character differs from the "claims of the culturists."



Whitman Archive Title: [rule in all addresses]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00163
Series: Notes and Notebooks
Box: 39
Folder: Literary, Rule in All Addresses.
Date: undated
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: A page of notes with various trial lines and ideas for poems, including "poem descriptive of a good wife," a poem beginning "What is Beauty?," and several lines of Whitmanian cataloguing.



Whitman Archive Title: [see the profuse sparks like gold]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00299
Series: Literary File
Box: 29
Folder: Sparkles From the Wheel (1871). A.MS. draft.
Date: about 1871
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 4 x 17 cm, handwritten
View images: 1
Content: A draft of lines that would be revised and published as "Sparkles From the Wheel" in 1871.



Whitman Archive Title: [sorrow]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00052
Series: Literary File
Box: 26
Folder: Beat! Beat! Drums! (1861). A. MS. draft.
Date: about 1865
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 2 leaves, handwritten
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Content: A list of about ninety words expressing sorrow. These words were evidently used as Whitman composed "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd," first published in 1865.



Whitman Archive Title: [such things]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00167
Series: Notes and Notebooks
Box: 40
Folder: Literary, Undated, Model American
Date: undated
Genre: prose
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: One leaf, heavily revised, with prose notes about the mental and moral consciousness of states.



Whitman Archive Title: [the arch, the column]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00616
Series: Literary File
Box: 29
Folder: Spirit That Form'd This Scene (1881). A.MS. drafts.
Date: about 1881
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 20 x 12 cm, handwritten
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Content: An early draft of lines related to "Spirit That Form'd this Scene," which was first published in 1881, written in ink and pencil.



Whitman Archive Title: [the scope of government]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00157
Series: Notes and Notebooks
Box: 37
Folder: 1855-1856 (?), Government, Nature, Trial Lines, Self-Advice
Date: between 1855-1856
Genre: poetry, prose
Physical Description: about 20 leaves, handwritten
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Content: A notebook Whitman used for various purposes in the mid-1850s. Edward F. Grier, in his edition of Whitman's Notebooks and Unpublished Prose Manuscripts (New York: New York University Press, 1984. 6 vols.), noted that the notebook contains lines and phrases that relate to several poems: "Assurances," "This Compost," and an unfinished poem entitled "The Insects. On some of the leaves Whitman has rotated the notebook and written upside down."



Whitman Archive Title: [to speak a reverent word]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.01761
Series: Literary File
Box: 37
Folder: 1879, "Death of Abraham Lincoln," reading book with proofs, printed pages, and drafts
Date: 1879–1881
Genre: prose
Physical Description: 33 leaves, handwritten, printed
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Content: Manuscript notes and clippings of printed prose gathered by Whitman in a homemade notebook created from a copy of John Dunbar Hylton's, Bride of Gettysburg (1878). Whitman appears to have used this book as a notebook in preparation for his lecture, "Death of Abraham Lincoln." Portions of this speech were originally published as "Abraham Lincoln's Death. Walt Whitman's Account of the Scene at Ford's Theatre," New York Sun (12 February 1876) and were included in Memoranda During the War (1875–1876). "Abraham Lincoln's Death" was revised and published as "A Poet on the Platform," New York Daily Tribune (15 April 1879) and was subsequently reprinted as "Death of Abraham Lincoln" in Specimen Days & Collect (1882–1883) before finally appearing in Complete Prose Works (1892).



Whitman Archive Title: [what do I know of life?]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00282
Series: Literary File
Box: 28
Folder: Prayer of Columbus (1874). A.MS. draft and notes.
Date: about 1874
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: A draft of lines from "Prayer of Columbus," first published in 1874. On the verso is a brief prose note mentioning "Lecturers—& their Style."



Whitman Archive Title: [what is the guidance]
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00269
Series: Literary File
Box: 28
Folder: Prayer of Columbus (1874). A.MS. draft and notes.
Date: about 1874
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: A draft of lines from "Prayer of Columbus," first published in 1874.



Whitman Archive Title: an ardent temperament
Whitman Archive ID: loc.06025
Series: Oversize
Box: OV 11
Folder: 1888, "Elias Hicks"
Date: between 1858 and 1888
Genre: prose
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: Two manuscript leaves pasted to a backing scrap to create a continuous inscribed surface. The notes here about Elias Hicks's early life probably contributed to Whitman's 1888 essay "Notes (such as they are) founded on Elias Hicks," first published in November Boughs and later reprinted in Complete Prose Works (1892). Whitman planned to write an essay about Elias Hicks for many years. While finishing preparations for the printing of November Boughs, Whitman told Horace Traubel, "Some of these bits were written as many as thirty years ago. Some of them I have written within the past year. They are a miscellaneous lot but they all belong in the same stream." (See Traubel, With Walt Whitman in Camden, 2: 42.) The present manuscript is stored together with many other manuscripts on the topics of Elias Hicks and Quakerism. Those that directly contributed to the published essay are described separately. Those whose relationship to the published essay are unclear are not included at this stage of our work.



Whitman Archive Title: born expressers of itself
Whitman Archive ID: loc.01050
Series: Literary File
Box: 36
Folder: Undated, "Spirit of Transactions," draft
Date: about 1882
Genre: prose
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: A partial draft of "Poetry To-Day in America—Shakespere—The Future," which appeared in Specimen Days & Collect (1882) before being collected in Complete Prose Works (1892).



Whitman Archive Title: consent of all the other sects
Whitman Archive ID: loc.06038
Series: Oversize
Box: OV 11
Folder: 1888, "Elias Hicks"
Date: about 1888
Genre: prose
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: One page of a late draft, probably the printer's copy, of the essay "Notes (such as they are) founded on Elias Hicks," which was first published in November Boughs (1888) and later reprinted in Complete Prose Works (1892). Whitman planned to write an essay about Elias Hicks for many years. While finishing preparations for the printing of November Boughs, Whitman told Horace Traubel, "Some of these bits were written as many as thirty years ago. Some of them I have written within the past year. They are a miscellaneous lot but they all belong in the same stream." (See Traubel, With Walt Whitman in Camden, 2: 42.) The present manuscript is stored together with many other manuscripts on the topics of Elias Hicks and Quakerism. Those that directly contributed to the published essay are described separately. Those whose relationship to the published essay are unclear are not included at this stage of our work.



Whitman Archive Title: earliest spring wildflowers
Whitman Archive ID: loc.03419
Series: Notes and Notebooks
Box: 40
Folder: 66
Date: about 1881
Genre: prose
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten, printed
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Content: Newspaper clipping and notes regarding wildflowers that bloom in early spring. This item was likely created in conjunction with Whitman's composition of "Days at J. B.'s—Turf Fires—Spring Songs," which was first published in Specimen Days & Collect (1882–1883). It was also later printed in Complete Prose Works (1892).



Whitman Archive Title: for Mulleins & BB
Whitman Archive ID: loc.03401
Series: Notes and Notebooks
Box: 39
Folder: 18
Date: between 1873 and 1882
Genre: prose
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: On one side of this scrap are notes about the tulip tree (Liriodendron), which Whitman used in "The Lesson of a Tree," first published in Specimen Days & Collect in 1882–1883. It was later reprinted in Complete Prose Works (1892). The other side of the scrap bears a quotation from John Addington Symonds's Studies of the Greek Poets, the first edition of which was published in 1873.



Whitman Archive Title: for part in L of G
Whitman Archive ID: loc.02901
Series: Literary File
Box: 30
Folder: To the Man-of-War-Bird (1876). A.MS. drafts.
Date: between 1867-1876
Genre: poetry, prose
Physical Description: 9 leaves, handwritten
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Content: One of the notebooks commonly known as the "Penitenzia" notebooks because that word is written in red ink on the cover, and it includes drafts and trial lines of the poems "[Mask with Their Lids]" (published posthumously) and "beauty" (published posthumously). There are also notes about other poems and the arrangement of Leaves of Grass.



Whitman Archive Title: opening of George Fox
Whitman Archive ID: loc.06018
Series: Oversize
Box: OV 11
Folder: 1888, "Elias Hicks"
Date: about 1888
Genre: prose
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: A one-page draft fragment, heavily revised, related to the "George Fox (and Shakspere)" section of Whitman's 1888 essay "Notes (such as they are) founded on Elias Hicks," first published in November Boughs and later reprinted in Complete Prose Works (1892). Whitman planned to write an essay about Elias Hicks for many years. While finishing preparations for the printing of November Boughs, Whitman told Horace Traubel, "Some of these bits were written as many as thirty years ago. Some of them I have written within the past year. They are a miscellaneous lot but they all belong in the same stream." (See Traubel, With Walt Whitman in Camden, 2: 42.) The present manuscript is stored together with many other manuscripts on the topics of Elias Hicks and Quakerism. Those that directly contributed to the published essay are described separately. Those whose relationship to the published essay are unclear are not included at this stage of our work.




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Alternative Format: This collection has been microfilmed and comprises 38 microfilm reels. Digital images of some items are available in the "Manuscripts" section of the Walt Whitman Archive. The paper documents comprise 28,000 items.

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Washington, D.C. 20540-4680
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