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Correspondence

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Title: Walt Whitman to Louise Chandler Moulton, 2 February 1881

Date: February 2, 1881

Source: The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 3:209. 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.04046

Contributors to digital file: Alicia Bones, Nima Najafi Kianfar, Stefan Schoeberlein, and Nicole Gray




431 Stevens Street1
Camden New Jersey
Feb: 2 '81

Thanks for your kind note just rec'd—I think I had better send you the Two Volumes without further ceremony, which I do, same mail with this, same address. All the little pieces Stedman speaks of as pasted (in a very small prior edition) are in this being afterwards put in the plates2—Warmest thanks for your friendly words & invitation—I am a little more unwell even than usual these days & dont get out of the house—but with Spring & good weather shall no doubt be all right again—I truly hope, my friend, we shall meet—I shall be on the look out for you—


Walt Whitman


Notes:

1. See the letter from Whitman to Ellen Louise Chandler Moulton of December 11, 1876[back]

2. In the first printing of the 1876 edition of Leaves of Grass some poems were pasted in: these intercalations are visually distinctive both because they are pasted on the page and because Whitman used a different typeface for the titles. In the next issue, however, the poems became fully integrated into the printing of the volume, and he used a typeface matching that of the rest of the book. [back]


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