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Title: Walt Whitman to David McKay, 18 August 1884

Date: August 18, 1884

Editorial note: The annotation, "[David McKay]," is in an unknown hand.

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Location: Draft letter in Walt Whitman Collection, 1842–1957, Rare Book & Manuscript Library, University of Pennsylvania

Whitman Archive ID: upa.00123

Contributors to digital file: Stefan Schöberlein, Kyle Barton, and Nicole Gray



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328 Mickle street
Camden
Aug 18 '84

Dear Sir

Please send me over [—] send right away if convenient [—] by express package

25 Specimen Days
3 Leaves of G
2 Dr Bucke's WW

—Thirty copies altogether—which, as I make it, are yet coming to me—


Correspondent:
David McKay (1860–1918) took over Philadelphia-based publisher Rees Welsh's bookselling and publishing businesses in 1881–2. McKay and Rees Welsh published the 1881 edition of Leaves of Grass after opposition from the Boston District Attorney prompted James R. Osgood & Company of Boston, the publisher Whitman had originally contracted with for publication of the volume, to withdraw. McKay also went on to publish Specimen Days & Collect, November Boughs, Gems from Walt Whitman, and Complete Prose Works. For more information about McKay, see Joel Myerson, "McKay, David (1860–1918)," Walt Whitman: An Encyclopedia, ed. J.R. LeMaster and Donald D. Kummings (New York: Garland Publishing, 1998).


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