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Title: William H. Kelly to Walt Whitman, 27 August 1879

Date: August 27, 1879

Whitman Archive ID: loc.07438

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: Whitman crossed out this partial letter and wrote a series of notes, most likely trial lines, on the back.

Contributors to digital file: Jeannette Schollaert and Nicole Gray

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Aug 27th 1879

[Whit?]man Esq.
[illegible] Stevens St, Camden N.J.

[illegible]s received—please

[illegible] boy as stated—a


[illegible] Leaves of Grass,"

Yours truly
Wm. H. Kelly

Powers & Weightman1
9th & Parish Sts.

As yet we have no information about this correspondent.


1. Based in Philadelphia, Powers and Weightman was one of the major drug manufacturing firms in the country during the nineteenth century. The company was a primary seller of quinine during the Civil War, and these sales made company heads William Weightman and Thomas H. Powers two of the richest men in Pennsylvania. Weightman's mansion, Ravenhill, was later incorporated into the campus of Philadelphia University. [back]


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