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Title: Thayer & Eldridge to Walt Whitman, 2 March 1860

Date: March 2, 1860

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00562

Source: The Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, 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.

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March 2, 1860
Walt Whitman

Dear Sir,

Your favor is at hand. Our1 Mr. Thayer will be in New York tomorrow and call on you either Saturday or Sunday. He will stop at the Astor. We think favorably of the propositions in your letters, but owing to a press of other business next week we should not be able to give that personal attention to the matter which we should desire, and we have one or two other works in the stereotypes hands, which can be finished next week and which we should like to have out of the way before commencing on anything new. We can make our arrangement, so that we shall be comparatively untrammeled week after next, and if agreeable to you should like to have you defer your visit until then. The form and style of the Poems is a matter only to be decided on after a free and full personal conference, discussing the whole thing thoroughly

Yours Truly
Thayer & Eldridge


1. Thayer and Eldridge was a Boston publishing firm responsible for the third edition of Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass (1860). For more on Whitman's relationship with Thayer and Eldridge see "Thayer, William Wilde (1829–1896) and Charles W. Eldridge (1837–1903)." [back]


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