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Title: Walt Whitman to Frank H. Ransom, 6 January 1881

Date: January 6, 1881

Whitman Archive ID: prc.00104

Source: Private collection of Dr. Judith K. Marquis and Keith F. Nelson. 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.

Editorial note: The annotation, "W. Whitman," is in an unknown hand.

Contributors to digital file: Natalie O'Neal and Nicole Gray

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431 Stevens Street
Camden New Jersey
Jan: 6 '81

Dear Sir

Yours of 4th rec'd.1 Will send you the books with pleasure—& would mail them now, only I suppose it w'd better for me to notify you first of the price, which is $10—

Walt Whitman

I prefer a P.O. money order


1. Whitman made the following note in his Commonplace Book on February 2: "Sent a set Two Vols: to Frank H Ransom of D Ransom Son & Co: Medicine Warehouse, Buffalo N Y.—He writes (letter rec'd to day), that he sent me a p.o. order for $12.50 on Jan: 22—I write to-day that I have not seen or heard of any such order, but consider it my loss, & send." Below this entry, Whitman added in blue pencil: "the books—rec'd—paid (12.50)" (Daybooks and Notebooks, ed. William White [New York: New York University Press, 1977], 224). See also Whitman's letter to Ransom of February 2, 1881[back]


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