Life & Letters

Correspondence

About this Item

Title: Walt Whitman to Andrew Carnegie, 1 February 1888

Date: February 1, 1888

Source: The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 4:146. 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.00696

Contributors to digital file: Braden Krien, Ryan Furlong, Ian Faith, and Stephanie Blalock




328 Mickle Street
Camden New Jersey
Feb: 1 '88—1

Thanks for the books, (three) wh' have arrived, & will be treasured. When in Phila. come over here & see me—I have a copy of Leaves of Grass for you—(would mail it if I knew the right address)2


Walt Whitman


Correspondent:
Andrew Carnegie (1835–1919), the prominent industrialist and admirer of Whitman, had donated twice to the support of the aged poet.

Notes:

1. This letter is addressed: Andrew Carnegie | New York City. It is postmarked: Camden, N.J. | Feb 2 | 6am | 88; | P.O. | 2-2-88 | 10-1A | N.Y. [back]

2. Whitman sent this postcard to "New York City"; someone added "5 West 51st St." Carnegie contributed $50 to the fund that paid for Whitman's nurse (Horace Traubel, With Walt Whitman in Camden, Wednesday, March 27, 1889). [back]


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