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Title: Walt Whitman to Philp and Solomon, 7 January 1869

Date: January 7, 1869

Source: The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1969), 5:292. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

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

Whitman Archive ID: loc.01705

Contributors to digital file: Elizabeth Lorang, and Zachary King

Attorney General's Office,
Jan. 7, 1869.

Messrs. Philp and Solomon:1
My friends:

I have to beg pardon for a sad mistake & piece of remissness—It seems that after I had put up "Pompeii" for return to you—it was taken away to his residence, by one of our bosses—in whose parlor I discovered it, a day or two since—& of course have seized upon, and send it back to you after a long absence, & I fear badly worn.

Walt Whitman


1. Philp and Solomon were Washington booksellers. Perhaps the reference is to Bulwer-Lytton's The Last Days of Pompeii[back]


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