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Title: Eliza Langley to Walt Whitman, 9 March 1889

Date: March 9, 1889

Whitman Archive ID: loc.03219

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, "books sent," is in the hand of Walt Whitman.

Contributors to digital file: Kirby Little, Caterina Bernardini, Ian Faith, and Stephanie Blalock

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Lovejoys Circulating Library.
Office of the Southern Counties' Estates Register
and Lovejoys Household Almanack & Year Book

Miss Langley,
Bookseller & Publisher
Stationer. Bookbinder.
Printer. Engraver.
Die Stamper. &c.

Land House And Estate Agent
agent for
the Liverpool and London and Globe Fire & Life Insurance Compny

37 & 39, London Street,
March 9, 1889

To Mr. Walt Whitman—
Dear sir,

I desire to acknowledge, with many thanks, the receipt of two vols. of your works—"Leaves of Grass" & "Specimen Days".

And, now, will you be kind enough to send me one more set, for a lady, to whom I have just shewn my set. I enclose a P.O. order for 15/– in payment for her. Kindly address the parcel as follows—

To Mrs.(General) Faber,
c/o Miss Langley,
39 London Street,

Have you any other volumes published, beside the two which I have, today, received? If so, kindly let me know titles & price.—

With compliments, & every good wish for your welfare—

I am, dear sir, yours faithfully
E. Langley

Eliza Langley (?–1897) was the proprietress of a well-known bookselling, library, and stationery establishment on London Street in Reading. After serving as a manageress to George Lovejoy, the former owner of the business, she purchased it from his trustees in 1884 and acted as proprietress until her death in December 1897. She was the daughter of George Langley, a paper-maker for Ford Mills, in Kent ("Obituary" [for Miss Langley], The Bookseller No. 482 [January 13, 1898]: 16).


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