Ken noticed several errors in the notes for the letter from Walt Whitman to James Redpath, 21 October 1863. The name of the character in Louisa May Alcott's Hospital Sketches, Tribulation Periwinkle, was misspelled. Also, the note incorrectly referred to Specimen Days as the realization of Whitman's publishing proposal to Redpath, when it should have been Memoranda During the War. Both of these errors have been corrected.
We have reproofed and made a series of updates to Volume 1 of Horace Traubel’s With Walt Whitman in Camden, including adjustments to spacing, correction of typos, and addition of a list of illustrations. We have also clarified the nature of the notes in this volume by describing them as “indexical notes.”
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