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Title: James Arnold to Walt Whitman, 21 August 1876

Date: August 21, 1876

Whitman Archive ID: loc.01602

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.

Related item: Whitman drafted his September 4, 1876, letter to Robert Buchanan on the verso of this letter he received from James Arnold. See loc.02837.

Contributors to digital file: Alex Kinnaman, Elizabeth Lorang, Ashley Lawson, John Schwaninger, Caterina Bernardini, Amanda J. Axley, Erel Michaelis, and Stephanie Blalock

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James Arnold
Blank Book Manufacturer
No. 22 South Fifth St. 2nd floor.

Aug 21

Dear Sir

I have received the Bundles of Two Rivulets2 from New York.

I'll have not have the lettering cut until I get a copy bound up so as to get the correct width of the back—I send you a Box of Ninety Books to day by the Local express which makes up the first Hundred Leaves of Grass

Since your complaint of Gold looking bad on the title I have changed the leather and made an improvement as you will observe by the copy uncovered in the Box

Very Respecly
Jas Arnold

James Arnold was a Philadelphia bookbinder.


1. A line has been drawn through this letter in ink. [back]

2. Published as a "companion volume" to the 1876 Author's edition of Leaves of Grass, Two Rivulets consisted of an "intertwining of the author's characteristic verse, alternated throughout with prose," as one critic from the The New York Daily Tribune wrote on February 19, 1876 (4). For more information on Two Rivulets, see Frances E. Keuling-Stout, "Two Rivulets, Author's Edition [1876]" and "Preface to Two Rivulets [1876]," Walt Whitman: An Encyclopedia, ed. J.R. LeMaster and Donald D. Kummings (New York: Garland Publishing, 1998). [back]


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