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Walt Whitman to Henry Festing Jones, 29 April 1878

Dear Sir1

In answer to yours of 14th—I send by mail postpaid my complete works verse & prose, Two Vols: for $10 (Two pounds sterling I believe)—Address me here—I enclose circular—

Walt Whitman


  • 1. Henry Festing Jones (1851–1928) was the author of Samuel Butler (1919) and the editor of many of Butler's manuscripts. Whitman evidently forgot that he had promised to mail the two books. See the letters from Whitman to Jones on June 2, 1878 and July 12, 1878. In his Commonplace Book, Whitman noted that he had sent an advertising circular (Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.). The inscription in Leaves of Grass was dated by Jones "July 1878." Both volumes are now in the Feinberg Collection. [back]
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