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Title: Walt Whitman to W. H. Piper & Co., 8 December 1871

Date: December 8, 1871

Whitman Archive ID: yal.00398

Source: Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 2:144. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Contributors to digital file: Kenneth M. Price, Elizabeth Lorang, Zachary King, and Eric Conrad

Department of Justice
Dec. 7 1871.

W. H. Piper & Co.1
Dear Sirs:

Please send me acc't. & remit am't. sold—25 per cent off—of

25 Copies "Leaves of Grass" @ $2.50
25 Copies "Passage to India" @ 1.
25 Copies "Democratic Vistas" @ .75

sent you on sale, & receipted by you Nov. 3, 1870.

Respectfully, &c.
Walt Whitman


1. In a letter on July 20, 1867, John T. Trowbridge had said that William H. Piper and Co., booksellers in Boston, were willing to take 50 copies of the new edition of Leaves of Grass, and that he could personally recommend the firm. The firm was advertised as Whitman's Boston agent in books published in 1871 and 1872. Later Whitman authorized Asa K. Butts and Co. to collect the money Piper owed to him; see Whitman's December 29, 1873 and February 4, 1874 letters to Butts. For more on Trowbridge, see Whitman's December 27, 1863 letter. [back]


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