Title: Walt Whitman to R.J. Morrell(?), 18 December 
Date: December 18, 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.04036
Contributors to digital file: Alicia Bones, Grace Thomas, Anthony Dreesen, Kevin McMullen, and Nicole Gray
431 Stevens Street Camden N J
Dec 18 a m
My dear Sir1
I want a nice standing ratan work-basket for my sister here—If you are coming up any time this week or early next, you might bring one—Or you might stop & take her order,—a nice one with two handy baskets,—such as will probably cost 3½ or $4—Please call soon—
I am well as usual—I send my love to the little fellow & wish him (& all of you) Merry Christmas—
1. This letter was probably sent to R. J. Morrell, a manufacturer of rattan furniture at Newfield, N.J., or to Mr. Judson, one of his employees. Morrell's advertisement is mounted in Whitman's Commonplace Book opposite the entries for late November, 1878 (Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.). [back]