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"The House of Friends" - Walt Whitman's response to the (Fugitive Slave) Compromise of 1850...
Item # 655231
June 15, 1850
THE NEW YORK DAILY TRIBUNE, June 15, 1850
* Walt Whitman's "The House of Friends" - *1st week appearance
* Printed for the New York Tribune
* His response to Northern Democrats who supported the (Fugitive Slave) Compromise of 1850
The front page has the noteworthy poem from Walt Whitman (signed in type, WALTER WHITMAN), "THE HOUSE OF FRIENDS," which is a first-week appearance of this poem written as his response to Northern Democrats who supported the (Fugitive Slave) Compromise of 1850. According to the Walt Whitman archive, he viewed their support as a betrayal of the nation's core values for both political and financial gain. It's great to have this 1st printing of one of Whitman's pre-"Leaves of Grass" poems.
Other news of the day is found throughout.
Complete in 8 pages, in very good condition.
The first appearance occurred on page 3 of the New York Tribune (Daily) the day prior to this issue. The Semi-Weekly Tribune would assemble the key articles from the Daily versions of the prior 2-3 days and print them every few days. Therefore, this is technically the 2nd appearance in the first week, and the first-time ever on a front page.
Category: Pre-Civil War