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Title: Walt Whitman to Dick & Fitzgerald [publishing firm], 18 February 1888

Date: February 18, 1888

Whitman Archive ID: med.00889

Source: The location of this manuscript is unknown. Edwin Haviland Miller derives his transcription from a transcipt that was published in Baker & Brooks Auction #106, February 9, 1944. The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 4:152. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Contributors to digital file: Stephanie Blalock, Breanna Himschoot, and Ian Faith

February 18, 1888

. . . I have succeeded in getting you a two vol. set . . . of Leaves of Grass and Two Rivulets, edn. 18761–shall I send the vols to you. The price is $6.662. . . .

Walt Whitman

Dick & Fitzgerald was a publishing firm with an office at 18 Ann Street in New York City. The firm was founded in 1858 by William Brisbane Dick (1827–1901) and Lawrence R. Fitzgerald (1826–1881). They published books on topics ranging from puzzles and dancing to games and songs.


1. Whitman published a special issue of his 1871 Leaves of Grass in 1876 as a commemorative edition for the nation's centennial celebration. Two Rivulets was published at the same time to form a matching set. [back]

2. Whitman sent the edition on February 21, 1888 (Whitman's 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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