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Walt Whitman to James Arnold, June 1876


the design I gave you?1—You will receive 300 plates from engraving-printers in two or three days2 & I will send 950 circulars for end of book—I have them ready—send over any time at 3 oclock​

The style of the books (10 copies) you sent to-day is satisfactory. Go on with the remainder (590) in the same style—you will have the sheets (650 copies) of Two Rivulets in two or three days. Have you got the back-title cut according to...The letter...on back does not take well...


James Arnold was a Philadelphia bookbinder.


  • 1. Whitman crossed out this draft letter and wrote a note titled "Tramps" on the back. [back]
  • 2. Whitman received word from Samuel W. Green, who printed the pages of the 1876 editions of Leaves of Grass and Two Rivulets, that the pages of Leaves of Grass would be delivered on May 24, 1876. [back]
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