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Title: C. B. Burr to Walt Whitman, 22 January 1881

Date: January 22, 1881

Whitman Archive ID: loc.07086

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.

Related item: On the back of this partial letter, which has been crossed out and pasted together with a partial envelope, Whitman wrote notes about language.

Contributors to digital file: Jeannette Schollaert and Nicole Gray

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Eastern Michigan Asylum1
Pontiac, Mich. Jany 22 1881

Walt Whitman Esq
My Dear Sir:

I take great pleasure [illegible] acknowledging the receipt of your [illegible] Volume of "Leaves [illegible]2

C. B. Burr became medical superintendent of the Eastern Michigan Asylum in 1889, after working as an assistant physician and an assistant superintendent.


1. On the envelope pasted to this letter is the following return address (associated with a different letter): "Return to D. RANSOM, SON & CO., | BUFFALO, N. Y., | If not delivered within 10 days. [back]

2. The signature to this letter has been cut away, but Whitman made the following note in his Commonplace Book for January 18, 1881: "Sent "Leaves of Grass" to C B Burr M D. | Asylum for the Insane Pontiac Mich: | recd | paid" (Daybooks and Notebooks, ed. William White [New York: New York University Press, 1977], 1:220). [back]


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