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Title: Walt Whitman to Josiah Child, 20 November 1888

Date: November 20, 1888

Whitman Archive ID: loc.01271

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.

Contributors to digital file: Blake Bronson-Bartlett, Stefan Schöberlein, Caterina Bernardini, and Stephanie Blalock

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Camden New Jersey U S America
Nov: 20 18881

I am not sure I receipted the balance $14.43—sent me Oct: 20, & safely reach'd me2—best thanks—I am in good heart here, but nearly altogether physically wreck'd (paralysis &c)—am living here in my little shanty by the Delaware river—Best remembrance to 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 Trübner & Company.


1. This letter is addressed: Josiah Child | Care Trübner & Co: | 57 Ludgate Hill | London England. It is postmarked: Camden, N.J. | Nov 20 | 8 PM | 88. [back]

2. On October 20, 1888, Child sent "on behalf of Trübner & Co a draft for $14.43 for 39 copies of 'Democratic Vistas' which is all your commission stock they had left on hand." For a complete record of Whitman's dealings with Trübner see Whitman's October 1, 1878, letter to the company. [back]


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