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Title: Walt Whitman to Unidentified Correspondent, [between June and September 1880]

Date: 1880

Whitman Archive ID: loc.04953

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: Alex Kinnaman and Nicole Gray

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London Ontario Canada1

Dear Sir

I send you a little circular adv: of my books—I sell them to booksellers at $3.50 a Volume—Should you want any I can send them from here—by mail—I shall be here till middle of August—after that at Camden, New Jersey, my permanent residence & p o address.

Walt Whitman

Henry Whithall of Camden mentioned your wish to be informed about the books some weeks since but I neglected it


1. In 1880 Whitman paid his only visit to London, Ontario, where his friend Dr. Richard Maurice Bucke was superintendent of a mental institution. Dr. Bucke accompanied Whitman from Camden on June 2, and for almost four months, until September 28, the poet vacationed in Canada. See Walt Whitman's Diary in Canada (Boston: Small, Maynard & Company, 1904) and Whitman's Commonplace Book (Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.). The letter must have been written, then, between June 4 and September 28, 1880. [back]


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