Title: Walt Whitman to Chatto & Windus, [18 November 1886]
Date: November 18, 1886
Source: Transcribed from digital images or a microfilm reproduction of the original item. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.
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.06007
Contributors to digital file: Stefan Schöberlein and Kyle Barton
I would like to exchange with you—I to send you my two volume Centennial Ed'n Leaves of Grass and Two Rivulets, (half leather, pub. at $10)—& you to send me two copies your late Ed'n Leaves of Grass. If you agree, mail the copies, & I will mail mine to you by return.1
Andrew Chatto (1841–1913) was the junior partner of John Camden Hotten at Hotten's publishing business. After Hotten's death in 1873, Chatto bought the business and partnered with poet W. E. Windus. See also Oliver Warner, Chatto & Windus: A Brief Account of the Firm's Origin, History and Development (1973).
1. This draft letter is written on the back of a draft letter from Whitman to Richard W. Colles of November 18, 1886. According to Whitman's Commonplace Book (Whitman's Commonplace Book, Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.), a letter was sent on November 18 to Chatto & Windus, the English firm which had just printed the second edition of Rossetti's Poems by Walt Whitman. On December 13 Whitman received six copies of the new edition, and on December 19 he sent two copies of the 1876 edition (Whitman's Commonplace Book, and see the letter from Whitman to Chatto & Windus of December 21, 1886). [back]