Title: Walt Whitman to George W. Waters, 17 May 
Date: May 17, 1877
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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.04029
Contributors to digital file: Alicia Bones, Grace Thomas, Eder Jaramillo, Kevin McMullen, Nicole Gray, and Kenneth Price
Kirkwood N J1
The picture2 arrived in perfect order, & is much admired—I think it grand—Was only opened night before last, as I am down in the country now most of the time. (My address though is still at Camden) I am still keeping pretty well, for me—
get the little new book "Birds & Poets" by John Burroughs
1. This post card bears the address: George W. Waters | artist | Elmira | New York. It is postmarked: Philadelphia | May 18 | 1 PM | Pa. [back]
2. Waters evidently sent the completed oil portrait (see the letter from Walt Whitman to John H. and Amelia Johnston on March 17, 1877), which John H. Johnston later purchased from Walt Whitman for $200 in 1884 (see note from Walt Whitman to John H. Johnston on March 27, 1884). [back]