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Walt Whitman to Llewellyn Avery, Jr., 20 February 1867

Mr. Avery2  
  Dear Sir:

In answer to your note of 15th, I would inform you that a small edition has just been published of "Leaves of Grass" complete, (including "Drum Taps," &c)—price $3. I think Hudson Taylor's bookstore, on Penn'a. Av, has them—If not, I can supply you with a copy, by your calling on me at this Office.

Yours, respectfully, Walt Whitman


  • 1. This letter's envelope bears the address, "Llewellyn Avery, Jr. | Washington, | D.C." It is postmarked: "Washington | Feb | 20 | D.C." [back]
  • 2. On the verso of the envelope, presumably in Avery's hand, appear several notations: "Received February 20th, 1867. | Walt Whitman was forty years | old during the 83d Anniversary | of American Independence.…'I am Walt Whitman liberal and lusty | as nature.'" [back]
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