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Walt Whitman to an Unidentified Correspondent, 28 November 1882

Dear Sir1

I have just come up from a three weeks' visit2 down in the Jersey woods, & find your card of 26th—The only copies of my complete poems "Leaves of Grass," in my control, are of a special autograph & portrait edition, 1882, including everything to date—384 pages, 12 mo—price $3—I can furnish you with this. If you wish it, send p. o. order, & I will forward by mail immediately.

Walt Whitman

I also supply, when desired, my prose volume "Specimen Days & Collect"—price $2.—374 pages 12 mo—


  • 1. This letter may have been sent to L. O. Bliss of Iowa Falls, Iowa, to whom Whitman sent a "gilt-top L of G" on December 18 (Whitman's Commonplace Book, Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.). [back]
  • 2. Whitman was inaccurate, perhaps deliberately: he was with the Staffords at Glendale from November 18 to 27 (Whitman's Commonplace Book). See Whitman's letter to William Sloane Kennedy of November 28, 1882. [back]
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