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Title: Walt Whitman to George Routledge & Sons, 22 February 1868

Date: February 22, 1868

Whitman Archive ID: loc.01574

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), 2:19. 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, Kathryn Kruger, Elizabeth Lorang, Zachary King, and Eric Conrad

February 22, 1868. 1

Messrs. Routledge, (J. L. Blamire)

Your letter reached me this morning, enclosing draft for Fifty Dollars, gold coin, deposit in Bank of New York—of which amount, paid me, for poem, (with reservation to myself of right to print in future book,) you will please consider this the receipt.2

Please accept my respects to editor & house—with thanks to yourself for promptness.


1. This draft letter is endorsed, "Note to Routledge & Sons N. Y. | Feb. 22 '68." [back]

2. Walt Whitman had initially requested $120 in his January 17, 1868 letter to Routledge and Sons. He lowered his price to $50 in his February 19, 1868 letter. [back]


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