Title: F. S. Ryman to Walt Whitman, 31 May 1888
Date: May 31, 1888
Editorial note: The annotation, "F.S. Ryman," is in an unknown hand.
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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.03558
Contributors to digital file: Jeannette Schollaert, Ian Faith, Stefan Schöberlein, and Stephanie Blalock
May 31st 1888
Dear Mr. Whitman:—
I send you a little token of my esteem as a birthday present. I am very glad you are again [able?] to write in your old style a little. I hope we may yet have a second volume of Leaves of Grass from you if such is compatible with 69 years.
I wish you many happy returns of this day.
Will you please let me know if this reaches you safely.
This might be Shakespeare scholar F. S. Ryman, who likely worked for the Boston Public Library. Ryman published, for instance, on Ignatius Loyola Donnelly's controversial book The Great Cryptogram (1888), which argued that Shakespeare's works were written by Francis Bacon. Whitman and his disciples took great interest in Donnelly's book.