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Title: Walt Whitman to James Arnold, June 1876

Date: June 1876

Whitman Archive ID: duk.00793

Source: Trent Collection of Whitmaniana, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University. Transcribed from digital images or a microfilm reproduction of the original item. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Notes for this letter were derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Ted Genoways (Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2004), vol. 7, and supplemented, updated, or created by Whitman Archive staff as appropriate.

Contributors to digital file: Jonathan Y. Cheng, Elizabeth Lorang, Nima Najafi Kianfar, Alex Kinnaman, and Nicole Gray

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the design I gave you?1—You will receive 300 plates from engraving-printers in two or three days2 & I will send 950 circulars for end of book—I have them ready—send over any time at 3 oclock

The style of the books (10 copies) you sent to-day is satisfactory. Go on with the remainder (590) in the same style—you will have the sheets (650 copies) of Two Rivulets in two or three days. Have you got the back-title cut according to...The letter...on back does not take well...

James Arnold was a Philadelphia bookbinder.


1. Whitman crossed out this draft letter and wrote a note titled "Tramps" on the back. [back]

2. Whitman received word from Samuel W. Green, who printed the pages of the 1876 editions of Leaves of Grass and Two Rivulets, that the pages of Leaves of Grass would be delivered on May 24, 1876. [back]


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