Title: Walt Whitman to Mary Whitall Smith Costelloe, 10 September 1886
Date: September 10, 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: The Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.01352
Contributors to digital file: Stefan Schöberlein, Kyle Barton, and Nicole Gray
328 Mickle Street
Camden New Jersey U S. America1
Sept: 10 '86—
The summer is drawing to a close, but we are having a warm spell here—(now the fourth day of it)
—I am ab't as usual in health—my locomotion however giving out pretty fast—I shall be looking for Logan before long—Love to you, Alys, & all2—
Mary Whitall Smith Costelloe (1864–1945) was a political activist, art historian, and critic, whom Whitman once called his "staunchest living woman friend." A scholar of Italian Renaissance art and a daughter of Robert Pearsall Smith, she would in 1885 marry B. F. C. "Frank" Costelloe. She had been in contact with many of Whitman's English friends and would travel to Britain in 1885 to visit many of them, including Anne Gilchrist shortly before her death. For more, see Christina Davey, "Costelloe, Mary Whitall Smith (1864–1945)," Walt Whitman: An Encyclopedia, ed. J.R. LeMaster and Donald D. Kummings (New York: Garland Publishing, 1998).
1. This postal card is addressed: Mrs: Costelloe | 40 Grosvenor Road | Westminster | London England. It is postmarked: CAMDEN | SEP | 10 | 3 PM | 1886 | N. J. [back]
2. Logan and Alys were Mary's siblings, whose parents Robert Pearsall Smith and Hannah Whitall Smith were strong supporters of Whitman. For more information about the Smiths, see Christina Davey, "Smith, Robert Pearsall (1827–1898)," and "Smith, Logan Pearsall (1865–1946)," Walt Whitman: An Encyclopedia, ed. J.R. LeMaster and Donald D. Kummings (New York: Garland Publishing, 1998). [back]