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Title: William Payne to Walt Whitman, 19 June 1890

Date: June 19, 1890

Whitman Archive ID: loc.03498

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, "Circ: sent June 30," is in the hand of Walt Whitman.

Contributors to digital file: Andrew David King, Cristin Noonan, Breanna Himschoot, Stephanie Blalock, and Amanda J. Axley

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19 June 1890


I [illegible] to take the liberty of asking you if you can be so kind as to get me the following information

A clergyman friend of mine has lent me a copy of "Leaves of "Grass" published at Boston

Walt Whitman Esq. Camden
New Jersey

from 30 or so years ago with a portrait of yourself at its beginning

I want to be able to buy one written or any other edition which is wholly unemasculated & I would gladly [remit?] the cost and any Customs Duty if I could be put with the proper channel

I pray you will excuse the great liberty I take & [illegible] subscribe myself your very obedient & admiring servant

William Payne
Treasurer of the Burrough of Portsmouth

Little is known about William Payne, who was a manager of the National Provinicial Bank of England for Portsmouth.


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