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George M. Williamson to Walt Whitman, 1 June 1887

 uva.00165.002.jpg Dear Mr. Whitman

I entended that this should have reached you on May 31st1 but being out of Town I was unable to send it

Please except the Enclosed small remembrance and I hope that you will live to see many springs & Summers with their Birds & Blossoms and yourself Enjoying good health and prosperity.

I remain yours GM Williamson  uva.00165.001.jpg

George M. Williamson (b. 1850) was a New York book collector who contacted Whitman several times about purchasing manuscripts, and later published Catalogue of A Collection of Books, Letters, and Manuscripts written by Walt Whitman, in the Library of George M. Williamson, Grand View on Hudson (New York: The Marion Press, 1903). Other items in Williamson's collection, which was sold at auction in 1908, included George Washington's copy of Don Quixote, a presentation copy of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's "Evangeline," Nathaniel Hawthorne's annotated copy of The Scarlet Letter, and "a very remarkable collection of Walt Whitman's works" (The George M. Williamson Collection [Anderson Galleries, Inc., 1908]).


  • 1. May 31, 1887, was Whitman's sixty-eighth birthday. [back]
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