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Title: F. S. Ryman to Walt Whitman, 31 May 1888

Date: May 31, 1888

Whitman Archive ID: loc.03558

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, "F.S. Ryman," is in an unknown hand.

Contributors to digital file: Jeannette Schollaert, Ian Faith, Stefan Schöberlein, and Stephanie Blalock

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May 31st 1888

Dear Mr. Whitman:—

I send you a little token of my esteem as a birthday present. I am very glad you are again [able?] to write in your old style a little. I hope we may yet have a second volume of Leaves of Grass from you if such is compatible with 69 years.

I wish you many happy returns of this day.

Your friend
F.S. Ryman

Will you please let me know if this reaches you safely.

This might be Shakespeare scholar F. S. Ryman, who likely worked for the Boston Public Library. Ryman published, for instance, on Ignatius Loyola Donnelly's controversial book The Great Cryptogram: Francis Bacon's Cipher in Shakespeare's Plays (1888), which argued that Shakespeare's works were written by Francis Bacon. Whitman and his disciples took great interest in Donnelly's book.


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