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Title: Walt Whitman to Philp and Solomon, 7 January 1869

Date: January 7, 1869

Whitman Archive ID: loc.01705

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, 1969), 5:292. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Contributors to digital file: Elizabeth Lorang, and Zachary King

Attorney General's Office,
Jan. 7, 1869.

Messrs. Philp and Solomon:1
My friends:

I have to beg pardon for a sad mistake & piece of remissness—It seems that after I had put up "Pompeii" for return to you—it was taken away to his residence, by one of our bosses—in whose parlor I discovered it, a day or two since—& of course have seized upon, and send it back to you after a long absence, & I fear badly worn.

Walt Whitman


1. Philp and Solomon were Washington booksellers. Perhaps the reference is to Bulwer-Lytton's The Last Days of Pompeii[back]


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