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Title: Walt Whitman to an Unidentified Correspondent, 17 October 1871

Date: October 17, 1871

Whitman Archive ID: siu.00001

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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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Oct. 17, 1871.

Dear Sir:

In answer to your letter of September 5, (I beg pardon for not replying to it before,) I have to inform you that some time ago Dion Thomas, bookseller, 2d story, Fulton st. north side, about midway bet. Nassau and Broadway, had some copies of 1st edition Leaves of Grass—but whether he still has them to sell I cannot say—1

I can procure you of the artist a good photograph,—the price is $1.

Walt Whitman.

The last edition of my poems complete I publish & sell myself.


1. On August 23, 1867, Walt Whitman informed Gordon Lester Ford that Dion Thomas had copies of the first edition of Leaves of Grass[back]


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