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Walt Whitman to R. Spence Watson, [30 August 1876]

I have to-day forwarded by mail, to same address as this card, my Two Vols., L of G. and Two Riv[ulets]--Please let me know, (by postal card will do) soon as they reach you safely. Another set of same Two Vols. will be sent you soon.2



  • 1.

    This letter's envelope bears the address, "R Spence Watson | 101 Pilgrim Street | Newcastle-on-Tyne | England." It is postmarked: "Camden | Aug | 30 | N.J. ; Philadelphia | Aug | 30 | (?)."

    R. Spence Watson was apparently one of William Michael Rossetti's friends and among the early English admirers of Leaves of Grass. On September 29, 1884, Watson requested an inscribed copy of Leaves of Grass (Commonplace Book, Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.).

  • 2. Whitman sent the second set of books on September 9, 1876. [back]
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