Title: Walt Whitman to Mrs. Henry A. Blood, 9 July 1869
Date: July 9, 1869
Source: The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Ted Genoways (Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2004), 7:30. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.
Location: The location of this manuscript is unknown. Genoways's transcription is derived from the auction catalog of the Robert H. Kuhn Collection by Pacific Book Auction Galleries (Auction 129, item 188), March 20, 1997.
Whitman Archive ID: med.00696
Contributors to digital file: Jonathan Y. Cheng, Elizabeth Lorang, Nima Najafi Kianfar, Alex Kinnaman, and Nicole Gray
ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE
July 9, 1869
Dear Mrs. Blood,1
I send you the picture according to promise.2 There is nothing very new or special at the house since you left—nor with me either. I am writing this at my desk in the Attorney General's office, by a great open window, looking south, away down the Potomac, & across to Virginia, along Arlington Heights. . . .
Mrs. Blood was the wife of Henry A. Blood, a clerk in the Internal Revenue Service. See Notebooks and Unpublished Prose Manuscripts, ed. Edward F. Grier [New York: New York University Press, 1984], 2:846).
1. Mrs. Blood's address was noted by Whitman as New Ipswich, NH (see Notebooks and Unpublished Prose Manuscripts, ed. Edward F. Grier [New York: New York University Press, 1984], 2:844). [back]
2. The letter was auctioned with an "original cabinet portrait photograph of Whitman," presumably the enclosed picture mentioned here. [back]