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Title: Walt Whitman to Unidentified Correspondent, [1872–1882]

Date: [1872–1882]

Whitman Archive ID: loc.04906

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

Contributors to digital file: Marie Ernster, Amanda J. Axley, and Stephanie Blalock

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[illegible] the New Edition Leaves of Grass is $3.1 On receipt of that sum, I send the book by mail, post paid.

Give full address & direct to me at this office.

Yours &c
Walt Whitman

As yet we have no information about this correspondent.


1. The "Author's Edition," of Leaves of Grass, published in 1882, sold for $3. This letter may be in response to an inquiry regarding the price of this printing of Leaves of Grass. However, Whitman did not have an office in 1882. He did have an office in the Department of Justice in the early 1870s in Washington, D.C., and he reguarly undertook book storage and shipping from there. It is also possible, then, that Whitman is referring here to Leaves of Grass (1871–1872) and that the letter was written in the 1870s. [back]


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