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Title: Edward D. Bellows to Walt Whitman, [15 November 1877?]

Date: November 15, 1877

Whitman Archive ID: loc.07429

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.

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.

Related item: This partial letter, the top of which is cut away, has been repurposed. Whitman wrote a series of notes about secession on the back.

Contributors to digital file: Jeannette Schollaert and Nicole Gray

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Dear Sir1

Your circular received this evening, enclosed find P.O. money order for Eleven (11—) Dollars, for which please send me 1 copy your Complete Works in two vols bound in half leather, and also 1 copy Burroughs Notes on W. W.

Send them by express, well packed so as to prevent injury on the way.

Have you any copies of a pamphlet entitled The Good Gray Poet, written by one, O'Connor, I think? if you have please state the price and oblige

Yours Truly
Edward D. Bellows

356 5th St, Between Monmouth & Brunswick Sts.
Jersey City N.J.

As yet we have no information about this correspondent.


1. Whitman sent advertising circulars to Bellows on November 13, after which Bellows sent this order for books, and on November 18 Whitman forwarded the two-volume edition and Burroughs's book (See Whitman's Commonplace Book in the Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.). Whitman replied to Bellows in a letter dated November 20, 1877[back]


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