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Correspondence

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Title: Walt Whitman to James R. Osgood, 16 June 1881

Date: June 16, 1881

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Notes for this letter were derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller, 6 vols. (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977).

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

Whitman Archive ID: loc.03471

Contributors to digital file: Kirsten Clawson, Stefan Schöberlein, Nima Najafi Kianfar, and Nicole Gray



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431 Stevens Street
Camden New Jersey
June 16 '81

Dear Sirs

I have been down in the Jersey woods the last ten days—just returned1—have finished my copy which is now ready to put in hand—all plain sailing & all complete—When do you want to begin? & will it go ahead pretty fast when actually begun?—I have spoken about the type—ought to be new or substantially new long primer—I sent on the proof page for a little change, last night on my return—I have pretty well decided to come on to Boston & see it through2


Walt Whitman


Notes:

1. Whitman was with the Staffords from June 11 to 15 (Whitman's Commonplace Book, Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.). [back]

2. Osgood & Co. sent "three new proofs" to Whitman on June 21. [back]


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