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Title: Richard Maurice Bucke to Walt Whitman, 6 February 1880

Date: February 6, 1880

Whitman Archive ID: man.00004

Source: Charles Sixsmith Collection at the John Rylands Library, University of Manchester. 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 The Letters of Dr. Richard Maurice Bucke to Walt Whitman, ed. Artem Lozynsky (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1977), and supplemented or updated by Whitman Archive staff.

Editorial note: The annotation, "send 10 L of G (14 altogether) 4 of these paid for & 10 to be acct'd for & 4 TR," is in the hand of Walt Whitman.

Contributors to digital file: Alicia Bones, Eder Jaramillo, and Nicole Gray

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Asylum for the Insane,
Feb 6 1880

My dear Walt

Enclosed please find a draft for twenty ($20.) dollars for which please send me 3 copies of "Leaves of Grass" and 1 copy of "Two Rivulets."1 I delivered my lecture in Chatham the other day and this is some of the result—I shall probably have some more orders from them after a little—I am engaged to deliver the lecture in London & Sarnia this month and I shall be pretty sure to have orders from both these towns I think therefore that it would be as well for you to send me some copies to account for—say 4 copies of "L. of G." & 2 of "T. R." or even more if you have plenty of copies on hand—If you send the books in a box please take care that there are no nails projecting into it—one vol. of the last batch got a little scratched up this way—You had better leave the expressage to be paid here as before & I will charge it against future remittances

I am yours always
R M Bucke


1. See Whitman's entry of February 17, 1880, in his Commonplace Book (Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.). [back]


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