Title: Walt Whitman to Elizabeth & Isabella Ford and Edward R. Pease, 28 May 
Date: May 28, 1884
Source: The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 3:370. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.
Location: Collection of Whitmaniana in the Reference Library, Bolton
Whitman Archive ID: bol.00001
Contributors to digital file: Stefan Schöberlein, Kyle Barton, and Nicole Gray
Camden New Jersey U S America
328 Mickle Street
May 28, 1884
Your kind message received. I am as usual & in good heart.1
Isabella Ford (1855–1924) was an English feminist, socialist, and writer. Elizabeth (Bessie) Ford was her sister. Both were introduced to Whitman's writings by Edward Carpenter and they quickly became admirers of the aged poet.
Edward Reynolds Pease (1857–1955) was an English writer and a founding member of the Fabian Society.
1. Elizabeth Ford wrote to Whitman on February 16, 1875: "Your words that you have written are such a strength, it is so wonderful to find said, things that hover in one. I mean, to read things that one's heart cries out in answer to. This is what makes me so that I cannot help writing to you." Her picture, inscribed June 20, 1877, is in the Charles E. Feinberg Collection, Library of Congress, Washington D.C. Whitman sent Leaves of Grass and Specimen Days to Isabella on October 11, 1882, and to Elizabeth on June 27, 1883 (Whitman's Commonplace Book). For Pease, see the letter from Whitman to Edward R. Pease of August 21, 1883. [back]