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Title: C. B. Burr to Walt Whitman, 22 January 1881

Date: January 22, 1881

Related item: On the back of this partial letter, which has been crossed out and pasted together with a partial envelope, Whitman wrote notes about language.

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.

Location: The Thomas Biggs Harned Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1842–1937, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

Whitman Archive ID: loc.07086

Contributors to digital file: Jeannette Schollaert and Nicole Gray



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Eastern Michigan Asylum1
Pontiac, Mich. Jany 22 1881

Walt Whitman Esq
My Dear Sir:

I take great pleasure [illegible] acknowledging the receipt of your [illegible] Volume of "Leaves [illegible]2


Correspondent:
C. B. Burr became medical superintendent of the Eastern Michigan Asylum in 1889, after working as an assistant physician and an assistant superintendent.

Notes:

1. On the envelope pasted to this letter is the following return address (associated with a different letter): "Return to D. RANSOM, SON & CO., | BUFFALO, N. Y., | If not delivered within 10 days. [back]

2. The signature to this letter has been cut away, but Whitman made the following note in his Commonplace Book for January 18, 1881: "Sent "Leaves of Grass" to C B Burr M D. | Asylum for the Insane Pontiac Mich: | recd | paid" (Daybooks and Notebooks, ed. William White [New York: New York University Press, 1977], 1:220). [back]


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