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Title: Walt Whitman to Sidney Lanier, 27 May [1878]

Date: May 27, 1878

Whitman Archive ID: jhu.00002

Source: Lanier Collection, The Johns Hopkins 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 created by Whitman Archive staff and/or were derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Ted Genoways (Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2004), vol. 7, and supplemented or updated by Whitman Archive staff.

Contributors to digital file: Alicia Bones, Nima Najafi Kianfar, Eder Jaramillo, and Nicole Gray

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Camden New Jersey1

May 27—I have to-day sent by mail, same address as this card, my Volume Leaves of Grass—Please notify me (by postal card will do) soon as it reaches you safely2

Walt Whitman


1. This post card bears the address: Sidney Lanier | 33 Denmead Street | Baltimore | Md: It is postmarked: Camden | May | 27 | N.J. [back]

2. On May 5, 1878, Lanier informed Whitman that he had discovered a copy of Leaves of Grass in Bayard Taylor's library and had "spent a night of glory and delight upon it." Now "among your most earnest lovers," he ordered a copy of the book (Horace Traubel, With Walt Whitman in Camden, Friday, May 25, 1888, 208). Lanier's ardor was short-lived. [back]


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