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Byron G. Morrison to Walt Whitman, 14 April 1876

 loc.03257.001.jpg Sent books by express prepaid—April 21 Walt Whitman Esq Dear Sir

Your paper with prospectus rec'd​ & enclosed find P.O.​ money order for Ten Dollars for your complete works to date

You can send them by mail or express as we have Express Co's​ here & you can get the rates at your place1

Money order from  loc.03257.002.jpg  loc.03257.003.jpgPetrolia Pa​ office

Hoping you may sell many copies I remain

Yours Truly B. G. Morrison

Direct to B. G. Morrison Karns City Butler CoPenna


The writer of this letter was probably Byron Gordon Morrison (1835–1920). Morrison was a native of Warren County, Pennsylvania, who lived in New York in the early 1870s and worked as a dealer in real estate. According to the 1880 United States Federal Census, Morrison had moved back to Pennsylvania with his wife Phebe Tripp Sherman Morrison (1838–1912) and their four children. His occupation is listed as "oil operator."


  • 1. On April 21, 1876, Whitman wrote to Morrison, confirming that the books had been sent. [back]
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