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Title: Mattie Maxim to Walt Whitman, 3 June 1884

Date: June 3, 1884

Whitman Archive ID: loc.05849

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, "(ans'd," is in the hand of Walt Whitman.

Contributors to digital file: Alex Kinnaman, Stefan Schöberlein, and Nicole Gray

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Dear Sir—

Can I get a copy of "Leaves 'o Grass" of you.

If so let me know the price as I want it at once.

Miss Mattie Maxim

88 Court St
Mass June 3d '841

Mattie Maxim was the leader and manager of the Ladies' Guitar Quartette and Concert Company of Boston and advertised herself as a guitar solist and a violin teacher in the early 1880s. Records show "Miss Mattie Maxim" as living in Cambridge by 1892.


1. Whitman crossed out this letter. On the back he wrote notes for an article about himself, titled "Walt Whitman in Camden," which appeared in The Critic on February 28, 1885, under the signature of George Selwyn. It was reprinted in Authors at Home, ed. J. L. and J. B. Gilder (1888), and in Critic Pamphlet No. 2 (1898). [back]


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