Title: Walt Whitman to an Unidentified Correspondent, 1876
Source: The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 3:72. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.
Location: Private collection of Louis H. Silver
Whitman Archive ID: prc.00044
Contributors to digital file: Kenneth M. Price, Elizabeth Lorang, Kathryn Kruger, Zachary King, and Eric Conrad
Camden, New Jersey
Your subscription for my Book is received—for which hearty thanks. Excuse temporary delay—the small first edition being exhausted, & [another being in the] press. Your Volume [incomplete]
After the first printing of the 1876 edition was exhausted, there was a delay until Whitman had 600 additional copies printed (see Whitman's September 1, 1876 letter to William Michael Rossetti). This note undoubtedly was the draft of a letter which Whitman sent to those people who had to wait for the second printing. [back]