Title: Postcard from Walt Whitman to Peter Doyle, 30 July [1874 or 1875]
Date: July 30, 1874 or 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), 2:347. 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.00376
Contributors to digital file: Kenneth M. Price, Elizabeth Lorang, Kathryn Kruger, Zachary King, and Eric Conrad
431 Stevens. / Camden, / N. Jersey.
Getting along much the same—feeling pretty fair to-day. Yours rec'd.
This postcard bears the address, "Pete Doyle, | M st. South, bet. 4½ &
6th | Washington, D.C." It is postmarked: "Camden | Jul | 30 | N.J."
This postcard cannot be assigned to a specific year for obvious reasons: the allusions to Whitman's health are vague and in fact applicable to almost any time between 1873 and 1876; there are no concrete references to events which would make dating possible. However, it was written on a standard government postcard which was redesigned in 1876. [back]