Title: Walt Whitman to George M. Williamson, 22 September 1887
Date: September 22, 1887
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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.04493
Contributors to digital file: Alex Ashland, Stefan Schöberlein, Caterina Bernardini, and Stephanie Blalock
328 Mickle Street
Camden New Jersey
Sept: 22 '87
Yours rec'd with the $5 in advance for "November Boughs"1—The book is not printed yet, but is contemplated before long. Thank you for the papers that come occasionally, always acceptable & new—I do not know what "letter" you allude to in a late "Tribune"
I send some scraps, MS. and autographs.
Thanks & good bye for the present—
George M. Williamson was a New York book collector who contacted Whitman several times about purchasing manuscripts, and later published Catalogue of A Collection of Books, Letters, and Manuscripts written by Walt Whitman, in the Library of George M. Williamson, Grand View on Hudson (New York: The Marion Press, 1903). Other items in Williamson's collection, which was sold at auction in 1908, included George Washington's copy of Don Quixote, a presentation copy of Longfellow's "Evangeline," Hawthorne's annotated copy of The Scarlet Letter, and "a very remarkable collection of Walt Whitman's works" (The George M. Williamson Collection [Anderson Galleries, Inc., 1908]).
1. The letter appears to be lost. [back]