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Title: Houghton, Mifflin & Company to Walt Whitman, 19 September 1885

Date: September 19, 1885

Whitman Archive ID: loc.04626

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, "Stamp," is in an unknown hand.

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Mr. Walt Whitman.
Camden N.J.
Sept. 19th,
4 Park Street, Boston.


As we cannot answer this question we take the liberty of referring this letter to you.

Big Foot Prairie
McHenry Co Ill
Sept 15th 1885

Mess Houghton Mifflin

A friend of mine in England wishing to get hold of an Copy of an original edition of Walt Whitmans "Leaves of Grass" Could you get one for me, if not would you be so kind as to give me his publishers name and Mr Whitmans address. and oblige

Yours Respfully
W. B. Walton.1

Houghton and Mifflin, a Boston publishing company founded by Henry Oscar Houghton and George Mifflin, had merged with Ticknor and Fields in 1880, creating Houghton, Mifflin and Company. Houghton Mifflin would publish John Burroughs's Whitman: A Study in 1896.


1. W. B. Walton (1826–1897) was born in Birmingham, England, and had moved to the United States with his wife Sarah Jane. [back]


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