Autograph letter signed to Dionysius Thomas. Walt WHITMAN.

Autograph letter signed to Dionysius Thomas.

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WHITMAN, Walt. Autograph letter signed to Dionysius Thomas. 3pp. Dated 13 October 1867. On letterhead of Attorney General's Office, Washington. Fine. Whitman writes to New York bookseller Dionysius Thomas, requesting that he visit the bookbinder James Gray. Whitman writes: My dear Mr. Thomas: I write to ask your kind offices in the following described matter: Mr. James Gray, bookbinder, 16 Spruce=street, 4th floor, is the custodian of the sheets of my Leaves of Grass-& has been the binder for me. The sheets are now at his place. I have just heard that he has become involved-in fact has failed. If so, I regret it much. I have been waiting now over six weeks for the fulfilment of orders I have sent him for bound books-& now under this state of things, I suppose it will not be possible for him to do the work. Would you do me the favor to step round there, (I have no objection to your showing Mr. Gray this letter,)-& see how the case stands-& please immediately write me. Write me if you can do me the favor of having the sheets transferred, on my order, to the custody of another binder. I do not owe Mr. Gray any thing-indeed I believe the balance is the other way. If the business is to be carried on at 16 Spruce by any successor of Mr. Gray, I am quite willing the new man should do my binding, if he will do it promptly. Please write all you can make out, concerning it. I hereby clothe you with full power to take any steps you think proper in the case-that is if you are willing to act. Yours truly, Walt Whitman Whitman's draft of this letter is included in the Correspondence, but that version is a different text. Dionysius Thomas was a New York City bookseller who apparently had copies of the first edition of Leaves of Grass (as Whitman told Gordon Lester Ford on 23 August 1867. However, by 17 October 1871, Whitman told an unidentified correspondent, "some time ago Dion Thomas, bookseller, 2d story, Fulton st. north side, about midway bet. Nassau and Broadway, had some copies of 1st edition Leaves of Grass-but whether he still has them to sell I cannot say[.]"

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