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Title: Rees Welsh & Company to Walt Whitman, 21 June 1882

Date: June 21, 1882

Whitman Archive ID: upa.00137

Source: Walt Whitman Collection, 1842–1957, Rare Book & Manuscript Library, University of Pennsylvania. 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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23 South Ninth Street,
June 21 1882

Walt Whitman Esq
431 Stevens St.
Camden N.J.
Dear Sir

Replying to your favor of 20th, The terms regarding "Leaves of Grass" are satisfactory, we publishing the books for two (2) years or as much longer as both parties agree, with privilege of purchasing the plates for an amount to be agreed upon.

Regarding "Specimen Days" We could not "of course" enter into an agreement without seeing the manuscript, although we are satisfied that your terms would be satisfactory

The Study of Whitman, we are of opinion can not be copyrighted in this Country, if such however can be done and the work is endorsed by you, we shall entertain the proposition very favorably, at a copyright of about 20¢. Did you get from HM&Co the dies used by them for stamping cover of the book?

Awaiting your reply
We are Sir
Very Truly Yours
Rees Welsh & Co.


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