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Title: C. A. Spofford to Walt Whitman, 12 February 1887

Date: February 12, 1887

Whitman Archive ID: loc.07377

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 notes: The annotation, "green card sent," is in the hand of Walt Whitman.

Related item: Whitman drew a line through Spofford's letter—crossing it out—and wrote a draft of a prose piece on the back that discusses a published catalogue of four to five thousand known American poems.

Contributors to digital file: Stefan Schöberlein, Alex Ashland, Ian Faith, and Stephanie Blalock

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Mills Building,1
New York,
Feb. 12, 1887.
Walt Whitman Esq.
Camden, N.J.

Dear Sir:

Will you kindly inform if your poems are published in Complete form, and, if so, what is the price of the Volume, and whether it can by obtained by sending you the money?

Respy. yours,
C A Spofford

Little is known about C. A. Spofford; he seems to have worked in the editorial rooms of the New York Evening Post at this time.


1. The Mills Building was a 10-story business building named after San Francisco banker and owner of the structure D. O. Mills. [back]


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