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Title: Walt Whitman to Philip Hale, 11 July [1876]

Date: July 11, 1876

Whitman Archive ID: smi.00002

Source: Smith College. The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 3:53. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Contributors to digital file: Elizabeth Lorang, Ashley Lawson, Zachary King, and Eric Conrad

431 Stevens st
Camden N Jersey
July 11

My dear Philip Hale1

I have rec'd your p o order for $10 for my books—for which hearty thanks. I send by same mail with this, One Vol. Leaves of Grass—the other Vol. Two Rivulets I will send soon as some copies of a new batch are ready, (the old ones being all exhausted.) Please inform me (by postal card will do) if this Vol comes safe.


1. Philip Hale (1854–1934), a music critic and program annotator for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, wrote to Walt Whitman for the first time on September 14, 1871. He wrote again on October 7, 1875, to praise the "Calamus" poems and to enclose a copy of "Walt Whitman," which he published in the Yale Literary Magazine in November 1874, 96–104. Whitman sent Two Rivulets on September 3, 1876 (Commonplace Book, Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.). [back]


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