Title: Walt Whitman to George W. Waters, 23 April 
Date: April 23, 1878
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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.04030
Contributors to digital file: Alicia Bones, Grace Thomas, Anthony Dreesen, Kevin McMullen, and Nicole Gray
Nothing very new with me. Paper rec'd. Thanks. I still keep pretty well for me—perhaps even improve.—Change my base a good deal—but this is my centre & p o address
1. This postcard bears the address: George W Waters | artist | Elmira | New York. It is postmarked: Philadelphia | Apr 23 | 6 PM | Pa. [back]
2. The date of this post card is uncertain, but it seems reasonable to assign it to 1878 despite the absence of any reference to Whitman's recent indisposition. After his visits to Dr. S. Weir Mitchell (1829–1914), Whitman began to improve, and he resumed his frequent visits to the Stafford family. He was at Kirkwood on April 20 and 21, April 25 to 27, May 1 and 2, and May 6 and 7 (Whitman's Commonplace Book, Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.). [back]