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Walt Whitman to Richard W. Colles, 27 January 1888


—I have been waiting to get good copies of "Specimen Days" wh' I shall have shortly, & will then immediately send one—I mail "Leaves of Grass" now—the price of the two vols. is one pound, wh' I wish you to send me here by p o order (328 Mickle Street)—Nothing very new or different—arctic cold here for the last fortnight—best regards to you & my Irish friends2

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Richard W. Colles was probably one of the many students of Edward Dowden who became fervid admirers of Whitman. For more, see Philip W. Leon, "Dowden, Edward (1843–1913)," Walt Whitman: An Encyclopedia, ed. J.R. LeMaster and Donald D. Kummings (New York: Garland Publishing, 1998).


  • 1. This letter is addressed: R W Colles | 26 Oxford Road Ranelagh | Dublin | Ireland. It is postmarked: Camde[n] | Jan (?) 1 30 (?) M | 88; Phila[delphi]a, Pa. | Jan | 28 | 1888 | Paid. [back]
  • 2. Colles replied on February 12, 1888. [back]
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