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Title: Thayer & Eldridge to Walt Whitman, 15 October 1860

Date: October 15, 1860

Source: Transcribed from digital images or a microfilm reproduction of the original item. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Location: Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00580

Contributors to digital file: Elizabeth Lorang, Blake Bronson-Bartlett, Eric Conrad, Kathryn Kruger, and Nick Krauter



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Boston
Oct 15, 1860

Dear Walt,

Your favor is at hand. We1 cannot let you have the amount you name or any amount for the present2. This is our final answer for the time being.

Yours Truly
Thayer & Eldridge


Notes:

1. Thayer and Eldridge was the Boston publishing firm responsible for the third edition of Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass (1860). For more on Whitman's relationship with Thayer and Eldridge see "Thayer, William Wilde (1829–1896) and Charles W. Eldridge (1837–1903)." [back]

2. Whitman had requested an advance check for his proposed volume of poetry The Banner At Day-Break, but Thayer and Eldridge's dire financial situation prevented them from honoring Whitman's request. [back]


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