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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 derived from The Letters of Dr. Richard Maurice Bucke to Walt Whitman, ed. Artem Lozynsky (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1977), and supplemented, updated, or created by Whitman Archive staff as appropriate.

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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