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Title: Walt Whitman to Josiah Child, 19 January 1884

Date: January 19, 1884

Whitman Archive ID: loc.01266

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.

Notes for this letter were derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller, 6 vols. (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), and supplemented, updated, or created by Whitman Archive staff as appropriate.

Editorial note: The annotation, "Josiah Child | c/o Trübner & Co," is in an unknown hand.

Contributors to digital file: Alex Kinnaman, Stefan Schöberlein, and Nicole Gray

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431 Stevens street
Camden New Jersey U S America
Jan: 19 '84

Dear Sir

This item—

A new edition of Walt Whitman's works, has been brought out in London, with an appendix containing the opinions of George Eliot, Ruskin, Tennyson, Swinburne, Rossetti and others concerning Whitman.1

is printed in the papers here of late—I suppose fictitious information—But I thought I would write to you to ask if you know or have heard. Is it not a mistake for the Wilson & McCormick edition, (from the plates here)?2—But that has no "appendix" as mentioned above.

I am well as usual—Dr Bucke was down from Canada a short time since to see me. I get the "Record" from your establishment, & thank you.

Walt Whitman

Whitman's dealings with Trübner & Company were handled through Josiah Child. Trübner & Company was the London agent for Whitman's books; see Whitman's December 27, 1873, letter to the firm.


1. This text is a clipping pasted onto the letter. It appears no such edition ever existed. [back]

2. The Wilson and McCormick edition was published in London in 1884 and based on the text of the 1881 Osgood edition. [back]


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