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Title: James R. Osgood to Walt Whitman, 12 May 1881

Date: May 12, 1881

Whitman Archive ID: loc.05156

Source: The Thomas Biggs Harned Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1842–1937, 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, "May 12 '81," is in the hand of Walt Whitman.

Contributors to digital file: Stefan Schöberlein, Blake Bronson-Bartlett, Nicole Gray, and Elizabeth Lorang

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JAMES R. OSGOOD & CO., Publishers.
May 12 1881.

Dear W Whitman

Your letter of May 8 reached here during my absence.

Please send on the copy as soon as you can and we will make careful estimate as to its size, style etc. and give you our views. So far as I understand it, this proposed new edition will supersede all other previously published volumes—am I correct? And please tell me if the plates of the original "Leaves of Grass" as published by Thayer and Eldredge so many years ago are still in existence.

I am sorry I was absent from Boston during your visit: I should have been glad to renew the acquaintance I had with you in the old Pfaff days.

Yours truly
James R. Osgood
Walt Whitman Esq


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