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Richard Maurice Bucke to Walt Whitman, 12 March 1883

I have yours of 9th2 & proofs down to galley No 183—If 1st batch proofs not reached you yet go on without it, no important corrections as far as I remember—You need not send O'Connor's letter4 or Good Gray Poet to me in proof I will leave them to you & him—I will mail 3d & 4th batches back to you tomorrow morning—I am well satisfied on the whole so far

R M B.


  • 1. This letter is addressed: Walt Whitman | 431 Stevens Street | Camden | New Jersey U.S.A. It is postmarked: LONDON | PM | MR 12 | 83 | CANADA; CAMDEN, N.J. | MAR | 14 | 2 PM | RECD. [back]
  • 2. Whitman's letter to Bucke of March 9, 1883, is recorded among the lost letters (Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller [New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977], 3:438). [back]
  • 3. Whitman made the following entries in his Commonplace Book: 6 March 1883: "Dr Bucke's book now in the hands of the printers—Sherman & Co: Phila." 9 March 1883: "—sent to Dr B galleys 13 to 17–18—in mail 1 o'c also letter" (Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.). [back]
  • 4. Bucke is referring to the letter O'Connor wrote as a preface to The Good Gray Poet ("Mr. O'Connor's Letter, 1883," Walt Whitman [Philadelphia: David McKay, 1883], 73–98). [back]
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