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Title: John Phillips Street to Walt Whitman, 16 July 1891

Date: July 16, 1891

Whitman Archive ID: loc.04752

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.

Notes for this letter were derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller, 6 vols. (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), and supplemented, updated, or created by Whitman Archive staff as appropriate.

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John Phillips Street
New Brunswick, N.J.
July 16, 1891

Walt Whitman, Esq.,—
Dear Sir:—

Your advertising circular which you send me gives me much of the information I want & I thank you for it.1 However my pocket-book just at present is in such a condition that I will have to content myself with a cheaper edition. If it is not troubling you too much, can you not recommend to me some cheaper edition of your complete poems, [sold for?] $2 or $3.[20?]

Yours [very?] truly,
John Phillips Street

John Phillips Street (1869–1938) earned a B.S. at Rutgers College in New Brunswick, New Jersey, in 1889 and worked at the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station; he wrote on agricultural science.


1. According to a note Whitman wrote at the top of Street's July 13, 1891, letter, Whitman sent Street a circular listing his books and their prices. Whitman also wrote Street on July 14, 1891, recommending Walt Whitman (1883), a biography of the poet by the Canadian physician Richard Maurice Bucke. [back]


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