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Title: George M. Williamson to Walt Whitman, 1 June 1887

Date: June 1, 1887

Whitman Archive ID: uva.00459

Source: Papers of Walt Whitman (MSS 3829), Clifton Waller Barrett Library of American Literature, Albert H. Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia. 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.

Related item: On the back of this leaf Whitman drafted a poem titled "Orange buds by mail." The finished poem was published as "Orange Buds by Mail from Florida" in the New York Herald on March 19, 1888.

Contributors to digital file: Alex Kinnaman, Stefan Schöberlein, Ian Faith, Stephanie Blalock, Marie Ernster, and Paige Wilkinson

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No. 8 Franklin Place,
Belfast, Ireland
Cor. Church St.
New York,
June 1st 1887

Dear Mr. Whitman

I entended that this should have reached you on May 31st1 but being out of Town I was unable to send it

Please except the Enclosed small remembrance and I hope that you will live to see many springs & Summers with their Birds & Blossoms and yourself Enjoying good health and prosperity.

I remain yours
GM Williamson

George M. Williamson (b. 1850) was a New York book collector who contacted Whitman several times about purchasing manuscripts, and later published Catalogue of A Collection of Books, Letters, and Manuscripts written by Walt Whitman, in the Library of George M. Williamson, Grand View on Hudson (New York: The Marion Press, 1903). Other items in Williamson's collection, which was sold at auction in 1908, included George Washington's copy of Don Quixote, a presentation copy of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's "Evangeline," Nathaniel Hawthorne's annotated copy of The Scarlet Letter, and "a very remarkable collection of Walt Whitman's works" (The George M. Williamson Collection [Anderson Galleries, Inc., 1908]).


1. May 31, 1887, was Whitman's sixty-eighth birthday. [back]


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