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Title: Walt Whitman to Richard W. Colles, 27 January 1888

Date: January 27, 1888

Whitman Archive ID: mil.00002

Source: Albert M. Bender Collection, Special Collections Department, F. W. Olin Library, Mills College. 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 Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller, 6 vols. (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), and supplemented or updated by Whitman Archive staff.

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Camden New Jersey US America
Jan: 27 '881

—I have been waiting to get good copies of "Specimen Days" wh' I shall have shortly, & will then immediately send one—I mail "Leaves of Grass" now—the price of the two vols. is one pound, wh' I wish you to send me here by p o order (328 Mickle Street)—Nothing very new or different—arctic cold here for the last fortnight—best regards to you & my Irish friends2

Walt Whitman

Richard W. Colles was probably one of the many students of Edward Dowden who became fervid admirers of Whitman. For more, see Philip W. Leon, "Dowden, Edward (1843–1913)," Walt Whitman: An Encyclopedia, ed. J.R. LeMaster and Donald D. Kummings (New York: Garland Publishing, 1998).


1. This letter is addressed: R W Colles | 26 Oxford Road Ranelagh | Dublin | Ireland. It is postmarked: Camde[n] | Jan (?) 1 30 (?) M | 88; Phila[delphi]a, Pa. | Jan | 28 | 1888 | Paid. [back]

2. Colles replied on February 12, 1888[back]


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