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Title: Walt Whitman to O.O. Hemenway, [30 September 1889]

Date: [September 30, 1889]

Whitman Archive ID: uva.00598

Source: Papers of Walt Whitman (MSS 3829), Clifton Waller Barrett Library of American Literature, Albert H. Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia. The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 4:378. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Contributors to digital file: Blake Bronson-Bartlett, Ryan Furlong, Breanna Himschoot, and Stephanie Blalock

Walt Whitman has rec'd y'r letter & request—Yes he can send you two copies fullest & latest ed'ns "Leaves of Grass"—The price of the two $4 (2 each) (p o order preferred) address here

328 Mickle Street, Camden,
New Jersey1

Born and raised in Illinios, Otto O. Hemenway (ca. 1874–1946) worked as a bookkeeper and, later, as an insurance salesman. He married Minnie Lee Johnston in 1903. If federal census records correctly document his birth year, Hemenway would have been fifteen or sixteen years old at the time of his correspondence with Whitman.


1. This letter is addressed: O. O. Hemenway | Pittsfield | Ill:. It is postmarked: Camden, N.J. | Sep 30 | 8 PM | 89. [back]


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