Title: Walt Whitman to Herbert Gilchrist, 8 April 
Date: April 8, 1879
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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.02169
Contributors to digital file: Alicia Bones, Grace Thomas, Eder Jaramillo, Kevin McMullen, and Nicole Gray
I leave here to-morrow Wednesday in the 2 p m train for N Y—to report at Mr J's 150 Bowery—All well—
1. The front for this postcard bears the address: Herbert Gilchrist | 112 Madison Av: | New York City. It is postmarked: Philadelphia | Apr | 8 | (?); F | 4–8 | 6 P(?) | (?). [back]
2. Whitman left for New York on April 9, 1879 and remained there until June 14 (Whitman's Commonplace Book, Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.). See also Specimen Days, ed. Floyd Stovall (New York: New York University Press, 1963), 190–202. While Whitman was at John H. Johnston's home in New York, G.M. Ottinger painted his portrait; see Charles N. Elliot, Walt Whitman as Man, Poet and Friend (Boston: R.G. Badger, 1915), 150–151. [back]