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William Michael Rossetti to Walt Whitman, 17 May 1886

 loc.03613.001_large.jpg Dear Whitman,

I beg now to enclose the papers in respect of the £29.18.3 wh. I notified the other day. Please excuse the  loc.03613.002_large.jpg lapse of a day or two beyond what I had then expected.1

Most truly yours, WM Rossetti  loc.03613.003_large.jpg  loc.03613.004_large.jpg Letter from Rossetti May 17. '86 £29.18.3 fifth instalment​

William Michael Rossetti (1829–1915), brother of Dante Gabriel and Christina Rossetti, was an English editor and a champion of Whitman's work. In 1868, Rossetti edited Whitman's Poems, selected from the 1867 Leaves of Grass. Whitman referred to Rossetti's edition as a "horrible dismemberment of my book" in his August 12, 1871, letter to Frederick S. Ellis. Nonetheless, the edition provided a major boost to Whitman's reputation, and Rossetti would remain a staunch supporter for the rest of Whitman's life, drawing in subscribers to the 1876 Leaves of Grass and fundraising for Whitman in England. For more on Whitman's relationship with Rossetti, see Sherwood Smith, "Rossetti, William Michael (1829–1915)," Walt Whitman: An Encyclopedia, ed. J.R. LeMaster and Donald D. Kummings (New York: Garland Publishing, 1998).


  • 1. The enclosure is not extant. [back]
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