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Title: Walt Whitman to Louise Chandler Moulton, 2 February 1881

Date: February 2, 1881

Whitman Archive ID: loc.04046

Source: The Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 3:209. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Contributors to digital file: Alicia Bones, Nima Najafi Kianfar, Stefan Schoeberlein, and Nicole Gray

431 Stevens Street1
Camden New Jersey
Feb: 2 '81

Thanks for your kind note just rec'd—I think I had better send you the Two Volumes without further ceremony, which I do, same mail with this, same address. All the little pieces Stedman speaks of as pasted (in a very small prior edition) are in this being afterwards put in the plates2—Warmest thanks for your friendly words & invitation—I am a little more unwell even than usual these days & dont get out of the house—but with Spring & good weather shall no doubt be all right again—I truly hope, my friend, we shall meet—I shall be on the look out for you—

Walt Whitman


1. See the letter from Whitman to Ellen Louise Chandler Moulton of December 11, 1876[back]

2. In the first printing of the 1876 edition of Leaves of Grass some poems were pasted in: these intercalations are visually distinctive both because they are pasted on the page and because Whitman used a different typeface for the titles. In the next issue, however, the poems became fully integrated into the printing of the volume, and he used a typeface matching that of the rest of the book. [back]


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