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Title: Walt Whitman to Llewellyn Avery, Jr., 20 February 1867

Date: February 20, 1867

Whitman Archive ID: njh.00001

Source: New Jersey Historical Society. The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 1:314. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

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

Attorney General's Office,
Feb. 20, 1867 1

Mr. Avery2
Dear Sir:

In answer to your note of 15th, I would inform you that a small edition has just been published of "Leaves of Grass" complete, (including "Drum Taps," &c)—price $3. I think Hudson Taylor's bookstore, on Penn'a. Av, has them—If not, I can supply you with a copy, by your calling on me at this Office.

Yours, respectfully,
Walt Whitman


1. This letter's envelope bears the address, "Llewellyn Avery, Jr. | Washington, | D.C." It is postmarked: "Washington | Feb | 20 | D.C." [back]

2. On the verso of the envelope, presumably in Avery's hand, appear several notations: "Received February 20th, 1867. | Walt Whitman was forty years | old during the 83d Anniversary | of American Independence.…'I am Walt Whitman liberal and lusty | as nature.'" [back]


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