Title: Walt Whitman to Charles Aldrich, 12 June 1884
Date: June 12, 1884
Source: The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Ted Genoways (Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2004), 7:75. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.
Location: University of Iowa Special Collections and University Archives
Whitman Archive ID: med.00763
Contributors to digital file: Alex Kinnaman, Stefan Schöberlein, and Nicole Gray
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Camden New Jersey
I send you, same mail with this, a copy of the $3 autograph edition of Leaves of Grass—yours of some weeks since sending $2 was received—leaving $1 due which please enclose in letter & send me here.
Charles Aldrich (1828–1908) was an ornithologist, a member of the Iowa House of Representatives, an infantry captain in the Civil War, and founder of the Iowa Historical Department. He was also an avid autograph collector, especially of Whitman's. He was so eager that the poet termed him "a very hungry man...never satisfied—is always crying for more and more" (Horace Traubel, With Walt Whitman in Camden, Tuesday, August 20, 1889).