Title: Walt Whitman to Peter Doyle, 23 April 
Date: April 23, 1875
Source: The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 2:328–329. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.
Location: The Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature, New York Public Library
Whitman Archive ID: nyp.00365
Contributors to digital file: Kenneth M. Price, Elizabeth Lorang, Kathryn Kruger, Zachary King, and Eric Conrad
431 Stevens st
Here yet, & no particular change—Was out yesterday & over to Phil. by cars & ferry—but bad, very bad spell all night—Eat my breakfast this morning, & here I am ab't the same as usual—So things go—
This postcard bears the address, "Pete Doyle, | M street South, bet 4½ &
6th | Washington, D.C." It is postmarked: "Camden | Apr | 23 (?)| (?)."
The correspondence (again chiefly postcards) with Doyle in April and May was sent on Fridays, according to Whitman's habit. At this time Doyle was working out of Baltimore; note Whitman's April 30, and June 25, 1875 letters to Doyle. This postcard can be positively dated on the basis of Burroughs' visit; see his letter to Dowden on May 4, 1875, quoted by Clara Barrus, Whitman and Burroughs—Comrades (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1931), 94. [back]