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Walt Whitman to Charles G. Oates, 7 September [1876]

I send you to-day by mail, to same address as this card, my volume, "Two Rivulets".

Please send me word, (by postal card, will do), soon as it reaches you safely.

W. Whitman.


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    On June 3, 1876, Edward Carpenter ordered books for Charles G. Oates. Evidently Oates himself wrote for a copy of Two Rivulets, which Whitman sent on September 7, 1876 (Commonplace Book, Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.). The transcription of this note in the Stanford Library is dated "Sept 7th, 1881," which, in view of the entry in his Commonplace Book, is an error. When the postcard was sold at the Rains Galleries on April 14, 1937, the year was cited as 1876.

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