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Walt Whitman to Edmund Routledge, 17 January 1868

Edmund Routledge:  
  Dear Sir:

In compliance with request in your name in letter from George Routledge & Sons, New York, of December 28th & my own reply thereto of December 30th,2 I send you herewith a poem for the Magazine, if found acceptable. For my own convenience & to insure correctness I have had the MS. put in type, & thus transmit it to you in the shape of a printed proof. The price is $1203 in gold, payable here, and I should like 30 copies of the Magazine, sent me here. It is to be distinctly understood that I reserve the right to print it in any future editions of my book. Hoping success to the Magazine, & that my piece may be found acceptable for it, I remain

Respectfully &c yours, Walt Whitman

My address is at Attorney General's Office, Washington City, U.S.A.


  • 1. This draft letter is endorsed, "Letter sent to | Edmund Routledge, | Jan. 17, '68." [back]
  • 2. For this correspondence, see Walt Whitman's December 30, 1867 letter to George Routledge and Sons. [back]
  • 3. Whitman ultimately accepted $50 in gold after a period of negotiation, documented in his February 19, 1868 letter to Routledge and Sons. [back]
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