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Walt Whitman to Ernest Rhys, 11 May 1887

Y'rs of April 28 rec'd2—but no slips of printed Preface or Additional Note yet—the P[all] M[all] Gazette rec'd—3If convenient, & as soon as convenient, I want y'r publishers to send me over fifty (50) copies of "Specimen Days"—(two or three of them in y'r good leather binding)—direct the package to me care David McKay4 23 South 9th St. Philadelphia—I will soon send some add'l papers for the Dem: Vistas Vol.

Walt Whitman

Ernest Percival Rhys (1859–1946) was a British author and editor; he founded the Everyman's Library series of inexpensive reprintings of popular works. He included a volume of Whitman's poems in the Canterbury Poets series and two volumes of Whitman's prose in the Camelot series for Walter Scott publishers. For more information about Rhys, see Joel Myerson, "Rhys, Ernest Percival (1859–1946)," Walt Whitman: An Encyclopedia, ed. J.R. LeMaster and Donald D. Kummings (New York: Garland Publishing, 1998).


  • 1. This letter is addressed: Ernest Rhys | Care Walter Scott, Publisher | 24 Warwick Lane | London EC England. It is postmarked: Camden, N.J. | May 11 | 4 30 PM | 87. [back]
  • 2. See Rhys's letter to Walt Whitman of April 28, 1887. [back]
  • 3. The Pall Mall Gazette on April 27, 1887 quoted from Walt Whitman's "Additional Note." [back]
  • 4. David McKay (1860–1918) was a Philadelphia-based publisher, whose company, founded in 1882, printed a number of books by and about Walt Whitman in the 1880s and 1890s, such as the 1891/1892 editon of Leaves of Grass, Whitman's November Boughs, and Richard Maurice Bucke's 1883 biography of the poet. [back]
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