Posted on December 27, 2018 at 4:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

On this day in 1891, the New York Times reported that beloved poet Walt Whitman was expected to live only a few more hours.

This announcement followed weeks of similarly worried coverage of the “chill” Whitman had taken ... and it foreshadowed another month’s worth of such reporting.

The Times dug back in its archives to share these (often front-page) excerpts leading up to Whitman’s death on March 26, 1892; you can see them here.

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