Title: Postcard from Walt Whitman to Peter Doyle, 16 December [1874 or 1875]
Date: December 16, 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), 2:349. 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.00381
Contributors to digital file: Kenneth M. Price, Elizabeth Lorang, Kathryn Kruger, Zachary King, and Eric Conrad
431 Stevens st.
Dec. 16—3 p.m.1
I am very decidedly better—very cold here, but bright & pleasant—I go out in it & enjoy it muchly—am now going out on a prowl till dusk—
This postcard bears the address, "Pete Doyle | M street South bet 4½ & M.
| Washington, D.C." It is postmarked: "Camden | Dec | 16 | 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]