Title: Walt Whitman to John S. Jenks, 28 November 1866
Date: November 28, 1866
Source: The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 6:5. 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.00714
Contributors to digital file: Elizabeth Lorang, Vanessa Steinroetter, and Alyssa Olson
ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE, Washington.
Nov. 28, 1866.
John S. Jenks,
In answer to yours of the 27th I reply that no letter from you, of the 17th has come to hand—& of course I have not rec'd $3.1
But as I am not willing you should be the loser, in such a manner, I send you my book, by same mail with this.
1. When this letter appeared at auction (Henkels # 1348, March 21, 1924), it was inserted in an 1867 edition of Leaves of Grass. Although Whitman at this time kept no record of book sales, probably three dollars was the price he expected for this edition. [back]