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Title: Walt Whitman to A. Williams and Company, 30 November 1877

Date: November 30, 1877

Whitman Archive ID: duk.00744

Source: The Trent Collection of Walt Whitman Manuscripts, Duke University Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library. The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 3:103–104. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Contributors to digital file: Alicia Bones, Elizabeth Lorang, Anthony Dreesen, Kevin McMullen, and Nicole Gray

431 Stevens Street
Camden New Jersey
Nov 30 '77

A. Williams & Co1
Dear Sirs

In compliance with your request of Nov 28 I send by Adams's Express three copies of the only edition of Leaves of Grass,2 of the few copies at my command to fulfil your order—(the retail price is $3)—below see bill, the am't which please remit me here.

Walt Whitman


Camden N J
30 '77

A Williams & Co

To W Whitman

To three copies Leaves of Grass @ $1.75–$5.25

—Rec'd payment—


1. Owners of the "Old Corner Bookstore" in Boston from 1864 to 1883 (Faint Clews & Indirections: Manuscripts of Walt Whitman and His Family, eds. Clarence Gohdes and Rollo G. Silver [Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1949], 88n). [back]

2. The 1872 edition of Leaves of Grass (Whitman's Commonplace Book, Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.). [back]


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