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Walt Whitman letter to Thomas Donaldson

Identifier: MSS 0099-F0277

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of an 1889 holograph letter, with envelope, from Walt Whitman to Thomas Donaldson.

The letter, dated and postmarked June 9, 1889, concerns a check from British actor Henry Irving. Whitman asks to confirm whether the check is meant for himself, and makes note of his poor financial situation. The accompanying envelope is also inscribed in Whitman’s hand.


  • Creation: 1889 June 9


Language of Materials

Materials entirely in English.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions provided for in the Fair Use and Educational Use clauses of the U.S. Copyright Law may violate federal law. Permission to publish or reproduce is required from the copyright holder. Please contact Special Collections, University of Delaware Library,

Walt Whitman (1819-1892)

American poet Walt Whitman was born on May 31, 1819, in West Hills, Long Island, New York, and died of illness on March 26, 1892, in Camden, New Jersey. Whitman is best known for his collection of poetry, Leaves of Grass, which was first published in 1855. Whitman continued to revise and rework his Leaves of Grass for the remainder of his life, ultimately producing nine different editions, each featuring further revisions, new poems, and some deletions of earlier poems. In 1881 Whitman settled on the final arrangement of Leaves of Grass and subsequently made no further revisions to the core text. All new poems written after 1881 were added to Leaves of Grass as annexes to the 1881 edition; the final authorial edition of his poems, the so-called "death-bed" edition, appeared in 1892, shortly before his demise.

"Walt Whitman."Encyclopedia of World Biography, 2nd ed. Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. (accessed March 2011).


2 item (1 page, with envelope)


This collection consists of an 1889 holograph letter, with envelope, from Walt Whitman to Thomas Donaldson.


Source unknown.

Related Materials in this Repository

This item forms part of MSS 0099 Miscellaneous Literary and Historical Manuscripts

MSS 0099, F0661 Walt Whitman note

MSS 0099, F0819 Horace Traubel collection of Walt Whitman papers

MSS 0099, F0892 Walt Whitman manuscript

This letter appeared in "Walt Whitman in His Time and Ours" February-June 2019, University of Delaware - Morris Library.

Shelving Summary

Box V-1, F0277: Shelved in SPEC MSS 0099 manuscript boxes.


Processed and encoded by Alexander Clark Johnston, March 2011. Further encoded by George Apodaca, September 2015.

Finding aid for Walt Whitman letter to Thomas Donaldson
University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
2011 March 11
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