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Title: Walt Whitman to Benjamin Ticknor, [23(?) May 1882]

Date: May 23, 1882

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00532

Source: The Thomas Biggs Harned Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1842–1937, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. 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. Edwin Haviland Miller, 6 vols. (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), and supplemented or updated by Whitman Archive staff.

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O & Co
Benj Ticknor1

Enclosed find receipt which I believe closes the matter2

I wish you would mail me the (brown paper bound) copy of "Leaves of Grass" I sent on about a month ago3—I mentioned my desire at the time for its return



1. This draft letter is endorsed (by Whitman): "Sent May 24 '82." [back]

2. See the letter from Whitman to James R. Osgood & Company of May 23, 1882. Ticknor had sent a check for $100 on May 20; he acknowledged Whitman's letter on May 25[back]

3. See the letter from Whitman to Osgood & Company of March 23, 1882[back]


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