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Title: Walt Whitman to John S. Jenks, 28 November 1866

Date: November 28, 1866

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00714

Source: Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 6:5. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Contributors to digital file: Elizabeth Lorang, Vanessa Steinroetter, and Alyssa Olson

Nov. 28, 1866.

John S. Jenks,

In answer to yours of the 27th I reply that no letter from you, of the 17th has come to hand—& of course I have not rec'd $3.1

But as I am not willing you should be the loser, in such a manner, I send you my book, by same mail with this.

Walt Whitman


1. When this letter appeared at auction (Henkels # 1348, March 21, 1924), it was inserted in an 1867 edition of Leaves of Grass. Although Whitman at this time kept no record of book sales, probably three dollars was the price he expected for this edition. [back]


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