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Walt Whitman to Ainsworth R. Spofford, 22 July 1876

A R Spofford1 Dear Sir

The editions of my Leaves of Grass, as within specified, are the only ones I have published—& comprise all. (Two Rivulets, the further Vol. just issued by me, I believe you have.)

Walt Whitman

I write on the letter, & return it so, for greater definiteness.


  • 1. Ainsworth R. Spofford (1825–1910) was Librarian of Congress from 1864 to 1897. Whitman's reply was written on the verso of Spofford's July 21, 1876 letter, in which he cited the six editions of Leaves of Grass in the Library of Congress. [back]
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