Title: James R. Osgood to Walt Whitman, 12 May 1881
Date: May 12, 1881
Editorial note: The annotation, "May 12 '81," is in the hand of Walt Whitman.
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Location: The Thomas Biggs Harned Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1842–1937, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.05156
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JAMES R. OSGOOD & CO., Publishers.
211 TREMONT STREET.
May 12 1881.
Dear W Whitman
Your letter of May 8 reached here during my absence.
Please send on the copy as soon as you can and we will make careful estimate as to its size, style etc. and give you our views. So far as I understand it, this proposed new edition will supersede all other previously published volumes—am I correct? And please tell me if the plates of the original "Leaves of Grass" as published by Thayer and Eldredge so many years ago are still in existence.
I am sorry I was absent from Boston during your visit: I should have been glad to renew the acquaintance I had with you in the old Pfaff days.
James R. Osgood
Walt Whitman Esq