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

Date: November 30, 1877

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

Location: The Trent Collection of Walt Whitman Manuscripts, Duke University Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library

Whitman Archive ID: duk.00744

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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