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Title: Samuel W. Green to Walt Whitman, 9 August 1872

Date: August 9, 1872

Whitman Archive ID: loc.01722

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.

Editorial note: The annotation, "Aug 9 '72 Rec'd to: $50 S. W. Green," is in the hand of Walt Whitman.

Contributors to digital file: Alex Kinnaman, Elizabeth Lorang, Kathryn Kruger, Ashley Lawson, Kevin McMullen, John Schwaninger, Marie Ernster, Cristin Noonan, Paige Wilkinson, and Stephanie Blalock

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Printing, Stereotyping, and Binding, of Every Description, Promptly and
Well Done at the Lowest Rates for Cash.
S. W. GREEN, Successor to
Nos. 16 and 18 [JACOB] STREET, NEW-YORK.
Aug 9th 1872

Walt Whitman,
Dear sir,

Your favor of 8th1 inst containing ($50xx) Fifty Dollars was received in due course from the Adams Express Co.2 I have placed the same to credit.


Yours Resply
S. W. Green

Samuel W. Green was listed in Goulding's New York City Directory (1877–1878) as a printer at 18 Jacob St., with a home at 123 Livingston St. in Brooklyn. Among his skills and services, Green listed a "book and job department," a "stereotype and electrotype foundry," "bookbindery," and "printing of every description" (Lawrence G. Goulding & Co., Directory, 1877–1878, 3:545). Green printed the sheets of Whitman's As a Strong Bird on Pinions Free (1872) in an edition of 572 copies, 300 of which were bound. Green later printed the pages of the 1876 Leaves of Grass and Two Rivulets. For more information on books by Whitman that were printed by Green, see Ed Folsom, Whitman Making Books/Books Making Whitman: A Catalog and Commentary (University of Iowa: Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, 2005).


1. This communication has not been located. [back]

2. Founded in 1839, Adams Express Company was a delivery business that began under the name Adams & Company. Produce merchant Alvin Adams (1804–1877) started the company when he began carrying letters and parcels between the cities of Boston and Worcester in Massachusetts. The company rebranded itself as the Adams Express Company in 1854. [back]


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