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Title: Thayer & Eldridge to Walt Whitman, 9 March 1860

Date: March 9, 1860

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00564

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 9/60 6 o'clock P.M.

Walt Whitman

Dr Sir.

Yours of Thursday morning rec'd this A.M.~

Your suggestions are pertinent to the business under consideration, all of which are most amply satisfactory. Your letter is such a capital one, that it has intensified our1 disappointment that our Mr. Thayer was not able to see you last Saturday or Sunday. Business obliged him to return to Boston from the West, but he will leave here for New York Sunday night & will put up either at the Astor, Lovejoys or the hotel Corner Nassau & Beekman Streets. If he does not see you in the morning at above places, he will call at your house in the afternoon say at 3 o'clock.

Our Mr. Eldridge will reply to your letter at length tomorrow afternoon mail. —Our thanks for your most excellent and practical letter.

Your Friends
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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