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Title: George M. Culy Williamson to Walt Whitman, 21 December 1888

Date: December 21, 1888

Whitman Archive ID: loc.04495

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, "Williamson," is in an unknown hand.

Contributors to digital file: Ryan Furlong, Alex Ashland, Caterina Bernardini, and Stephanie Blalock

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Cordner & Williamson,1
Linen Cambric Handkerchiefs,
311 Church Street.
New York,
Dec 211888

Dear Mr Whitman

Enclosed I send you a small Christmas gift and hope it will not be the last that you will be able to receive from me. Wishing you many merry Christmases

I remain yours
G M Williamson

George M. Williamson (b. 1850) was a New York book collector who contacted Whitman several times about purchasing manuscripts, and later published Catalogue of A Collection of Books, Letters, and Manuscripts written by Walt Whitman, in the Library of George M. Williamson, Grand View on Hudson (New York: The Marion Press, 1903). Other items in Williamson's collection, which was sold at auction in 1908, included George Washington's copy of Don Quixote, a presentation copy of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's "Evangeline," Nathaniel Hawthorne's annotated copy of The Scarlet Letter, and "a very remarkable collection of Walt Whitman's works" (The George M. Williamson Collection [Anderson Galleries, Inc., 1908]).


1. A single line is drawn through the center of Williamson's letter. [back]


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