Title: Walt Whitman to Roden Noel, 25 May 1886
Date: May 25, 1886
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Location: The Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.03274
Contributors to digital file: Stefan Schöberlein and Kyle Barton
328 Mickle street
Camden New Jersey U S America
May 25 '861
Thanks for the photograph & letter—but the book has not yet reach'd me—Yes, indeed, I consider you one of my good friends in England.
Roden Noel (1834–1894) was an English poet. Noel came from an aristocratic English family, and in his youth developed socialist sympathies. He was a close friend of the poet and influential critic Robert Buchanan, and it may have been through Buchanan that Noel first encountered Leaves of Grass. In 1871 (the same year that he first wrote to Whitman). Noel published an essay entitled "A Study of Walt Whitman" in The Dark Blue (Harold Blodgett, Walt Whitman in England [Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1934], 147–149).
1. This postal card is addressed: Roden Noel | 57 Anesley Park | London S E | England. It is postmarked: CAMDEN | MAY | 25 | 130 PM | 1886 | N.J.; PHILADELPHIA | MAY | 25 | 1886 | [illegible]. [back]