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Title: Walt Whitman to Edmund Routledge, 17 January 1868

Date: January 17, 1868

Whitman Archive ID: loc.01569

Source: The 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), 2 2:13–14. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Contributors to digital file: Kenneth M. Price, Elizabeth Lorang, Zachary King, and Eric Conrad

Sent Jan 17, '68
probably left N. Y. Jan 18, '681

Edmund Routledge:
Dear Sir:

In compliance with request in your name in letter from George Routledge & Sons, New York, of December 28th & my own reply thereto of December 30th,2 I send you herewith a poem for the Magazine, if found acceptable. For my own convenience & to insure correctness I have had the MS. put in type, & thus transmit it to you in the shape of a printed proof. The price is $1203 in gold, payable here, and I should like 30 copies of the Magazine, sent me here. It is to be distinctly understood that I reserve the right to print it in any future editions of my book. Hoping success to the Magazine, & that my piece may be found acceptable for it, I remain

Respectfully &c yours,
Walt Whitman

My address is at Attorney General's Office, Washington City, U.S.A.


1. This draft letter is endorsed, "Letter sent to | Edmund Routledge, | Jan. 17, '68." [back]

2. For this correspondence, see Walt Whitman's December 30, 1867 letter to George Routledge and Sons. [back]

3. Whitman ultimately accepted $50 in gold after a period of negotiation, documented in his February 19, 1868 letter to Routledge and Sons. [back]


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