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Title: Walt Whitman to Frank H. Ransom, 2 February 1881

Date: February 2, 1881

Whitman Archive ID: prc.00105

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 notes: The annotation, "Walt Whitman | Feb. 2/81," is in an unknown hand. The annotation, "settled o.k. | F.H.R.," is in the hand of Frank H. Ransom.

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

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431 Stevens Street
Camden New Jersey
Feb: 2 '81

Dear Sir

Yours of Jan: 31 just rec'd.1 No such letter of 22d, nor P.O. order has reached me—& of course none has been paid by P.O. here.2 I see that Jan: 6 I sent you my circular in answer to previous letter from you—that is the only correspondence—I have sent nothing, heard nothing, rec'd nothing since. But as in all such cases, I consider it my obligation & loss. I send the Two Volumes, to you, same mail with this—The Two embody all my works—the little Vol's being only selections from them in duplicate.

Walt Whitman


1. See the letter from Whitman to Ransom of January 6, 1881. No letters from Ransom to Whitman have been located. [back]

2. 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). [back]


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