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Title: Walt Whitman to Charles G. Oates, 7 September [1876]

Date: September 7, 1876

Whitman Archive ID: med.00448

Source: The location of the original manuscript is unknown. The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 3:58. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Contributors to digital file: Janel Cayer, Kenneth M. Price, Elizabeth Lorang, Kathryn Kruger, Zachary King, and Eric Conrad

New Jersey,
Sept 7th. 1

I send you to-day by mail, to same address as this card, my volume, "Two Rivulets".

Please send me word, (by postal card, will do), soon as it reaches you safely.

W. Whitman.


1. Transcript.

On June 3, 1876, Edward Carpenter ordered books for Charles G. Oates. Evidently Oates himself wrote for a copy of Two Rivulets, which Whitman sent on September 7, 1876 (Commonplace Book, Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.). The transcription of this note in the Stanford Library is dated "Sept 7th, 1881," which, in view of the entry in his Commonplace Book, is an error. When the postcard was sold at the Rains Galleries on April 14, 1937, the year was cited as 1876. [back]


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