Publisher: Camden, New Jersey and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1897-1912.
Condition: A few creases from folding; tears at the folds, without loss, in the letter dated January 16; overall in very good condition.
Book ID: 28085
DescriptionFive pages, written on the stationery of The Conservator and the Contemporary Club.
CommentsThe earliest letter is addressed "Dear Charlotte," and is personal correspondence on family affairs; the second letter, dated February 4, is to Richard Mansfield, the English actor-manager (1857-1907): "Dear Mr. Mansfield, I have the honor to be one of the executors of Walt Whitman. I take this opportunity to leave for you at the Chestnut Street Opera House a copy of one of his books in which he has many interesting & valuable things to say of plays & players. Whitman was always a friend of actors and a devotee of the stage . . ." Traubel attempts to briefly explain Whitman to Mansfield and cautions him "there are many people who do not like" him, but he encourages Mansfield not to "reject the spirit" of Whitman. With the original envelope. The note dated January 5 [?], 1912, is apparently to a stationer about an order for cards. Traubel's holograph in this third example is becoming increasingly indecipherable. ¶ Horace Traubel (1858-1919) was born in Camden, New Jersey, where he befriended Walt Whitman and became one of his literary executors. He was also a journalist, editor of the Conservator, a monthly paper, and active in the American Socialist movement.