Title: Walt Whitman to Edwin H. Woodruff, 21 December [1886?]
Date: December 21, 1886
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Notes for this letter were derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller, 6 vols. (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977).
Location: Cornell University
Whitman Archive ID: cor.00003
Contributors to digital file: Stefan Schöberlein, Ian Faith, Kyle Barton, and Nicole Gray
Thanks for your good letter & contents—wh- I have rec'd all right.
Edwin H. Woodruff (1863–1941), then a member of the staff of the Cornell University Library, was introduced to the poet by Hiram Corson in a letter of March 26, 1886. Two days later he was in Camden (Whitman's Commonplace Book, Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.). Earlier, on June 4, 1882, Woodruff had sent Whitman a poem written under his influence and printed in the Cornell Era. Later Woodruff became a professor of law and was dean of the Cornell Law School from 1916 to 1921. See Cornell University, Faculty. Necrology of the Faculty, 1941–1942, 5–7.
1. This postal card is addressed: Edwin H Woodruff | Cornell University Library | Ithaca | New York. It is postmarked: CAMDEN | DEC | 21 | 8 PM | 188 [illegible] | N.J.; [illegible] | DEC | 22 | 7 PM | [illegible]D. [back]
2. The year in which Whitman's postcard to Woodruff was written is conjectural, but 1886 seems plausible, based on the timing of Woodruff's visit to Whitman. [back]