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Title: Walt Whitman to Kenningale Cook, 11 February 1886

Date: February 11, 1886

Whitman Archive ID: brn.00011

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Notes for this letter were derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller, 6 vols. (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), and supplemented, updated, or created by Whitman Archive staff as appropriate.

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328 Mickle street
Camden New Jersey U S America
Feb: 11 '86

My dear K C

I send you the two Volumes, same mail with this,1 (same address as this note)—The price is one pound two shillings, which please remit me in post office order—I am ab't as usual of late, bodily disabled, but in good heart.

Walt Whitman

Kenningale Robert Cook (1845–1886) was editor of the Dublin University Magazine, and he was married to popular Victorian novelist Mabel Collins (Marion Meade, Madame Blavatsky: The Woman Behind the Myth [New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1980], 390). Cook was also the author of The Fathers of Jesus: A Study of the Lineage of the Christian Doctrine and Traditions, 2 vols. (London: K. Paul, Trench & Co., 1886).


1. Cook ordered books from Whitman in 1876; see his letter of February 29, 1876. On April 23, 1877, he asked the poet's permission to print some verses in the Dublin University Magazine (see Horace Traubel, With Walt Whitman in Camden, Wednesday, August 29, 1888, 219). [back]


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