Title: Walt Whitman to Elizabeth and Isabella Ford, 3 August 1885
Date: August 3, 1885
Source: The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 3:400. 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.00002
Contributors to digital file: Stefan Schöberlein and Kyle Barton
328 Mickle Street
Camden New Jersey U S America
Aug: 3d '85
Dear Bessie and Isabella Ford
I will at least write a line to say I have safely received your and Edward Carpenter's affectionate generous gift of £50. It has come very opportunely & I thank you all1—
I have been prostrated lately by sun-stroke, but am well recovering from it—
God bless you, dear friends,
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.
1. The Ford sisters and Carpenter, in addition to this gift, sent a second check for $216.75 in May, 1886, and another one for £20 in July, 1887 (Whitman's Commonplace Book). [back]