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Roger W. Waldo to Walt Whitman, 15 January 1873

 loc_vm.00862_large.jpg Walt Whitman Esq— Dear Sir

Please send me 12 copies of "The good grey poet"2 & mark them C.O.D. to the above address and oblige

Yours truly R. W. Waldo  loc_vm.00861_large.jpg  loc_vm.00864_large.jpg RW Waldo  loc_vm.00863_large.jpg

As yet we have no information about this correspondent.


  • 1. This letter is addressed: Walt Whitman Esq— | Washington | D.C— It is postmarked: NEW YORK | JAN | 15 | 6 PM; CARRIER | JAN | 16 | 8AM. [back]
  • 2. William Douglas O'Connor's The Good Gray Poet: A Vindication was published by Bunce & Huntington, 459 Broome Street, New York, in 1866 and was reprinted by Richard Maurice Bucke in his 1883 biography of Walt Whitman. The 46-page pamphlet opposed Whitman's critics while praising those who held the poet in high regard. The nickname "Good Gray Poet" originated here and remained with Whitman throughout his life. The correspondence between the publishers and O'Connor is in the Charles E. Feinberg Collection (Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.). [back]
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