Extremely Rare Original Postcard circa 1880 by Famous American Poet Walt Whitman to Famous American Journalist Franklin Benjamin (F.B.) Sanborn regarding the decline of an invitation to join him at a gathering.
Walt Whitman is among the most influential American poets in the American canon, often called the father of free verse. His famous works include “Leaves of Grass”, “Democratic Vistas” and “Passage to India”. Whitman is claimed as America’s first “poet of democracy” it is through his work that the American character and voice is truly articulated. His strong opinions on slavery, sexuality, religion and alcohol make him a character of polarity.
F.B Sanborn was a social scientist and memorialist of American Transcendentalism who wrote early biographies of the movement’s key figures. He was active in politics as a member of the Free Soil Party in New Hampshire and Massachusetts and was one of the six influential men who supplied abolitionist John Brown with support for the raid on Harper’s Ferry on October 16-18, 1859. Even at the tender age of nine, Sanborn developed a position against slavery and stated to his family that it was not only wrong but that the United States Constitution should be revised or revised to reflect a firm anti-slavery stance. Walt Whitman describes F.B. Sanborn as “a fighter, up in arms, a devotee, a revolutionary crusader, hot in the collar, quick on the trigger, noble, optimistic.”