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Title: Walt Whitman to Andrew D. Chandler, 19 April 1887

Date: April 19, 1887

Whitman Archive ID: stl.00001

Source: St. Lawrence University Library, Canton, New York. The Ruth Atwood Black Collection of Alexander Black and Edith O'Dell Black. 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.

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328 Mickle Street
Camden New Jersey April 19 '87

By request of J H Johnston1 I send you (same mail with this, same address) a copy of Leaves of Grass—special ed'n—The price is $3 wh: please remit me here by p o order—

Walt Whitman

Andrew D. Chandler (1854?–1919) worked in the circulation department for several periodicals, including the Independent, the Christian Union, and the Outlook. He also served as the circulation manager for Harper's for fifteen years. He died in Orange, N.J.


1. John H. Johnston (1837–1919) was a New York jeweler and close friend of Whitman. Johnston was also a friend of Joaquin Miller (Horace Traubel, With Walt Whitman in Camden, Tuesday, August 14, 1888). Whitman visited the Johnstons for the first time early in 1877. In 1888 he observed to Horace Traubel: "I count [Johnston] as in our inner circle, among the chosen few" (Horace Traubel, With Walt Whitman in Camden, Wednesday, October 3, 1888). See also Johnston's letter about Whitman, printed in Charles N. Elliot, Walt Whitman as Man, Poet and Friend (Boston: Richard G. Badger, 1915), 149–174. For more on Johnston, see Susan L. Roberson, "Johnston, John H. (1837–1919) and Alma Calder," Walt Whitman: An Encyclopedia, ed. J.R. LeMaster and Donald D. Kummings (New York: Garland Publishing, 1998). [back]


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