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Walt Whitman to James R. Osgood & Company, [23 June 1881]

Specimen page rec'd1—seems to me just about right. My copy will come in about 400 pages of it—perhaps a trifle more. Copy is all ready—Shall come on personally with it soon as you are prepared to begin the type-setting—Please make the arrangements, & write me forthwith.2


  • 1. This is a draft letter, and is endorsed (by Whitman): "sent | June 23 '81." The date is also confirmed by an entry in Whitman's Commonplace Book (Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.). [back]
  • 2. The publishing house replied on June 25: "If you desire to personally oversee the beginning, (or all, if you prefer), shall be happy to see you at any time, & do our best to facilitate matters." [back]
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