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Title: Byron G. Morrison to Walt Whitman, 14 April 1876

Date: April 14, 1876

Whitman Archive ID: loc.03257

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, "Sent books by express prepaid—April 21," is in the hand of Walt Whitman.

Contributors to digital file: Alex Kinnaman, Elizabeth Lorang, Eder Jaramillo, John Schwaninger, Nima Najafi Kianfar, Caterina Bernardini, Stephanie Blalock, Noelle Bates, and Paige Wilkinson

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Karns City
Butler Co Pa
April 14th 1876

Walt Whitman Esq
Dear Sir

Your paper with prospectus rec'd & enclosed find P.O. money order for Ten Dollars for your complete works to date

You can send them by mail or express as we have Express Co's here & you can get the rates at your place1

Money order from Petrolia Pa office

Hoping you may sell many copies I remain

Yours Truly
B. G. Morrison

Direct to

B. G. Morrison
Karns City
Butler Co

The writer of this letter was probably Byron Gordon Morrison (1835–1920). Morrison was a native of Warren County, Pennsylvania, who lived in New York in the early 1870s and worked as a dealer in real estate. According to the 1880 United States Federal Census, Morrison had moved back to Pennsylvania with his wife Phebe Tripp Sherman Morrison (1838–1912) and their four children. His occupation is listed as "oil operator."


1. On April 21, 1876, Whitman wrote to Morrison, confirming that the books had been sent. [back]


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