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

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 the firm.


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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