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Walt Whitman to Unidentified Correspondent, [1872–1882]


[cut-away] the New Edition Leaves of Grass is $3.1 On receipt of that sum, I send the book by mail, post paid.

Give full address & direct to me at this office.

Yours &c Walt Whitman  loc_vm.01645_large.jpg

As yet we have no information about this correspondent.


  • 1. The "Author's Edition," of Leaves of Grass, published in 1882, sold for $3. This letter may be in response to an inquiry regarding the price of this printing of Leaves of Grass. However, Whitman did not have an office in 1882. He did have an office in the Department of Justice in the early 1870s in Washington, D.C., and he reguarly undertook book storage and shipping from there. It is also possible, then, that Whitman is referring here to Leaves of Grass (1871–1872) and that the letter was written in the 1870s. [back]
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