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Walt Whitman to Isaac Hull Platt (?), 22 October [1880?]

Dear Sir

Thanks for your kind letter, just rec'd​ & read with greatest interest & pleasure—I sell my books, Centennial or author's edition, myself—Circular enclosed—will I think give you the information you ask—

Walt Whitman


  • 1. Isaac Hull Platt (1853–1917) was a New York attorney, a Baconian, and an early biographer of Whitman (1904). In his Commonplace Book Whitman noted sending a circular to Platt on October 22, but on the following page, on Platt's calling card, he wrote: "Oct 23—Letter from, very warm ab't poems, & asking ab't books—I sent circular . . . (I sent the letter to Dr Bucke)." The poet sent the 1876 Leaves of Grass on October 27 (Whitman's Commonplace Book, Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.). [back]
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