Title: Walt Whitman to R. Spence Watson, [30 August 1876]
Date: August 30, 1876
Source: The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 6:15. 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.02850
Contributors to digital file: Kenneth M. Price, Elizabeth Lorang, Kathryn Kruger, Zachary King, and Eric Conrad
431 Stevens street
Camden, N Jersey—U S A1
I have to-day forwarded by mail, to same address as this card, my Two Vols., L of G. and Two Riv[ulets]--Please let me know, (by postal card will do) soon as they reach you safely. Another set of same Two Vols. will be sent you soon.2
This letter's envelope bears the address, "R Spence Watson | 101 Pilgrim
Street | Newcastle-on-Tyne | England." It is postmarked: "Camden | Aug | 30
| N.J. ; Philadelphia | Aug | 30 | (?)."
R. Spence Watson was apparently one of William Michael Rossetti's friends and among the early English admirers of Leaves of Grass. On September 29, 1884, Watson requested an inscribed copy of Leaves of Grass (Commonplace Book, Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.). [back]