[Letter] 1919 April 30, Berkeley, California [to] Mr. Atkins

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[Letter] 1919 April 30, Berkeley, California [to] Mr. Atkins


Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892
Atkins, Dr. Charles D.
University of California, Berkeley


Bynner writes to Atkins telling him he will send a poem for the Whitman Centennial Celebration. He also writes of how he will celebrate Whitman's work with his students. Bynner asks Atkins to copy this letter and send it to Burroughs, Markham, Traubel, and Phelps.


Bynner, Witter, 1881-1968


Edwin Markham Archive, Horrmann Library




Wagner College, Staten Island, NY


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Hotel Carlton
Berkeley, California
April 30, 1919
Dear Mr. Atkins:-
I shall be happy to send you something for the Whitman Celebration. Do you want a poem of twenty or thirty lines or just a message of so many words? And how soon must you have it? You will be interested to know that in a place above the Greek Theatre sitting down close among these mindful leaves of grass, twenty-four young poets and I, pupils and teacher at the University of California, are going to read Walt Whitman and our answers to him, are going to conjure him among us and feel that sure touch of his hand. And since we are to have him on May 19, that will leave him time to reach you for your good pow-wow. I wonder if we mightn’t have on our occasion, for ourselves and for Whitman-lovers hereabouts, a word of greeting from some of your celebrants in the east? And I wonder if you would do me the great kindness for all our sakes of having four copies made of this note and of forwarding one to John Burroughs, one to Edwin Markham, one to Horace Traubel and one to William Lyon Phelps, from each of whom I should like some message of our fellowship in the Great Comrade. I should not make this request of you and then in so joint and abrupt a manner, were not time urgent and the cause brotherly.
Yours sincerely,
(Signed) Witter Bynner.

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