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Correspondence

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Title: Walt Whitman to Elizabeth and Isabella Ford, 11 August [1885]

Date: August 11, 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), 3:402. 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.00003

Contributors to digital file: Stefan Schöberlein and Kyle Barton




328 Mickle Street
Camden New Jersey U S America
Aug: 11

The letter from E[dward] C[arpenter] arrived, with contents—all safe. I return heartfelt thanks—am only middling well in health, but get about the house, & write a little1


Walt Whitman


Correspondent:
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.

Notes:

1. Perhaps Whitman had forgotten his acknowledgment of the gift in his letter to Elizabeth and Isabella Ford on August 3, 1885[back]


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