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Letter, 1888, Indianapolis, Indiana to Mr. Gilder

Description: Riley requests assistance naming a poem, and teases Mr. Gilder about never sending a cast of The Keats masque and a picture of himself as promised.
Indianapolis, May 12,<br>–1888–<br><br>Dear Mr. Gilder—can’t you, someway, help me out with the enclosed? I can’t, to save me, find the name of it. It’ll make a “great” reading—and how will it print —or illustrate–both? Someways I shudder for it—someways bet on it big, Anyway, you must tell me what’s to become of it—and I do hope it may strike You happily, and as a new thing anyhow.<br><br> Very Truly,<br> JWRiley.<br><br>Some vague and shadowy leagues back in the misty past you said you’d send me a clear white caste of The Keats masque—And eke a picture of yourself. Where are they? Mr. Johnson likewise engaged to do as much. No wonder your contributors are such liars. But all love to you the same and “on both your houses!”<br><br>Let me hear promptly as possible regarding poem If our dear and quaint old Richard Malcomb Johnson were naming it, wouldn’t it be captioned— “The Changed Conditions of Mr. Flukeus?” But what is its name? —Two Old Friends?—A Pair of Them?—“Two of a Kind”—or what?<br> JWR<br>
Origin: 1888-05-12
Created By: Riley, James Whitcomb
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Collection: James Whitcomb Riley -- Hoosier Poet
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Geography: Indiana--Indianapolis
Subjects: Riley, James Whitcomb, 1849-1916

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