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Walt Whitman to Chatto & Windus, [18 November 1886]


I would like to exchange with you—I to send you my two volume Centennial Ed'n Leaves of Grass and Two Rivulets, (half leather, pub. at $10)—& you to send me two copies your late Ed'n Leaves of Grass. If you agree, mail the copies, & I will mail mine to you by return.1


Andrew Chatto (1841–1913) was the junior partner of John Camden Hotten at Hotten's publishing business. After Hotten's death in 1873, Chatto bought the business and partnered with poet W. E. Windus. See also Oliver Warner, Chatto & Windus: A Brief Account of the Firm's Origin, History and Development (1973).


  • 1. This draft letter is written on the back of a draft letter from Whitman to Richard W. Colles of November 18, 1886. According to Whitman's Commonplace Book (Whitman's Commonplace Book, Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.), a letter was sent on November 18 to Chatto & Windus, the English firm which had just printed the second edition of Rossetti's Poems by Walt Whitman. On December 13 Whitman received six copies of the new edition, and on December 19 he sent two copies of the 1876 edition (Whitman's Commonplace Book, and see the letter from Whitman to Chatto & Windus of December 21, 1886). [back]
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