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F. S. Ryman to Walt Whitman, 31 May 1888

 loc.03558.001_large.jpg Dear Mr. Whitman:—

I send you a little token of my esteem as a birthday present. I am very glad you are again able to write in your old style a little. I hope we may yet have a second volume of Leaves of Grass from you if such is compatible with 69 years.

I wish you many happy returns of this day.

Your friend F.S. Ryman

Will you please let me know if this reaches you safely.

 loc.03558.002_large.jpg F.S. Ryman

This might be Shakespeare scholar F. S. Ryman, who likely worked for the Boston Public Library. Ryman published, for instance, on Ignatius Loyola Donnelly's controversial book The Great Cryptogram: Francis Bacon's Cipher in Shakespeare's Plays (1888), which argued that Shakespeare's works were written by Francis Bacon. Whitman and his disciples took great interest in Donnelly's book.

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