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Andrew J. Davis to Walt Whitman, 27 April 1876

 loc.01424.001_large.jpg books sent May 4 & rec'd Brother Walt Whitman

Please send us by Express (address as above) 2 sets your books,1 $10. each, for which find $20. enclosed.

The books are for my wife "Mary F. Davis"2 & for her brother Tracy Robinson3—both great admirers and lovers of you & your works.

Mrs  loc.01424.002_large.jpg Davis bids me give you her most cordial regards, and love.

Accept the same with a 1,000 greetings

from Your friend A. J. Davis

Andrew Jackson Davis (1826–1910) was an American Spiritualist. He described himself as "the Poughkeepsie Seer" and published approximately 30 books in his lifetime.


  • 1. During the centennial celebration of the U.S. in 1876, Whitman reissued the fifth edition of Leaves of Grass in the repackaged form of a "Centennial Edition" and "Author's Edition," with most copies personally signed by the poet. Two Rivulets was published as a companion volume to the book. Notable for its experimentations in form, typography, and printing convention, Whitman's two-volume set marks an important departure from previous publications of Leaves of Grass. For more information, see Frances E. Keuling-Stout, " Leaves of Grass, 1876, Author's Edition," "Two Rivulets, Author's Edition [1876]," and "Preface to Two Rivulets [1876]," Walt Whitman: An Encyclopedia, ed. J.R. LeMaster and Donald D. Kummings (New York: Garland Publishing, 1998). [back]
  • 2. Tracy Robinson (1833–1915) was an official with the Panama Railroad Company and a longtime resident of Panama. He was the author of Panama: A Personal Record of Forty-six Years, 1861–1907 (New York: Star and Herald Company, 1907) and Song of the Palm and Other Poems, Mostly Tropical (New York: Brentanos, 1888). [back]
  • 3. Mary Fenn Robinson (1824–1886) was an American Spiritualist and the second wife of Andrew Jackson Davis. The couple founded the Herald of Progress, a Spiritualist newspaper, in 1860. Robinson also wrote and lectured on such subjects as Harmonial Philosophy, temperance, and women's rights. [back]
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