Title: Horace Wentworth to Walt Whitman, 27 November 1866
Date: November 27, 1866
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Location: The Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00877
Contributors to digital file: Elizabeth Lorang, Brett Barney, Vanessa Steinroetter, and Heidi Bean
Nov 27th 1866 Mr. Walt Whitman
I own the stereotype plates of the work, "Leaves of Grass" by Walt Whitman with portrait of the author, and also the right to publish, which I bought of the assignees of Thayer and Eldridge, & in which I am protected by the assignees, the master in Chancery, and by the laws of the Country, if I understand them.
I shall unqualifiedly protest against the printing or publication of any work, bearing the title or containing in any way the same matter as the "Leaves of Grass." The plates and engraving are in the market at a nominal price, tho' I intend to republish if they are not soon disposed of. Also the stereotype plates of the pamphlets notices which we should be pleased to sell with the plates.
We have a very few of the "Imprints" which we wish to keep, in case we publish and need them.
1. On April 19, 1861, Thayer & Eldridge informed Whitman that the plates of Leaves of Grass were now in the possession of Horace Wentworth, a Boston publisher, whom Thayer characterized as "My bitter and relentless enemy" and "an illiterate man." [back]