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Title: Thayer & Eldridge to Walt Whitman, 15 October 1860

Date: October 15, 1860

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00580

Source: 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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Oct 15, 1860

Dear Walt,

Your favor is at hand. We1 cannot let you have the amount you name or any amount for the present2. This is our final answer for the time being.

Yours Truly
Thayer & Eldridge


1. Thayer and Eldridge was the 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)," Walt Whitman: An Encyclopedia, ed. J.R. LeMaster and Donald D. Kummings [New York: Garland Publishing, 1998]). [back]

2. Whitman had requested an advance check for his proposed volume of poetry The Banner At Day-Break, but Thayer and Eldridge's dire financial situation prevented them from honoring Whitman's request. [back]


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