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Title: Walt Whitman to Charles Aldrich, 12 June 1884

Date: June 12, 1884

Whitman Archive ID: med.00763

Source: University of Iowa Special Collections and University Archives. The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Ted Genoways (Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2004), 7:75. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Contributors to digital file: Alex Kinnaman, Stefan Schöberlein, and Nicole Gray

328 Mickle Street
Camden New Jersey
June 12

Dear Sir

I send you, same mail with this, a copy of the $3 autograph edition of Leaves of Grass—yours of some weeks since sending $2 was received—leaving $1 due which please enclose in letter & send me here.

Walt Whitman

Charles Aldrich (1828–1908) was an ornithologist, a member of the Iowa House of Representatives, an infantry captain in the Civil War, and founder of the Iowa Historical Department. He was also an avid autograph collector, especially of Whitman's. He was so eager that the poet termed him "a very hungry man . . . never satisfied—is always crying for more and more" (Horace Traubel, With Walt Whitman in Camden, Tuesday, August 20, 1889).


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