Title: Postcard from Walt Whitman to Peter Doyle, 28 October [1874 or 1875]
Date: October 28, 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), 2:348. 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.00380
Contributors to digital file: Kenneth M. Price, Elizabeth Lorang, Kathryn Kruger, Zachary King, and Eric Conrad
431 Stevens st.
Every thing continues favorable—full as good as any time yet—perhaps rather better than any yet—Letter & paper rec'd.
This postcard bears the address, "Peter Doyle, | M st. South, bet 4½ &
6th | Washington, D.C." It is postmarked: "Camden | Oct | (?) 8 | N.J.;
Carrier | 29 | Oct | (?) AM."
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]