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Title: Walt Whitman to Tilghman Hiskey, 27 July [1880]

Date: July 27, 1880

Whitman Archive ID: chs.00001

Source: Camden County Historical Society. Transcribed from digital images or a microfilm reproduction of the original item. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

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.

Contributors to digital file: Eder Jaramillo, Grace Thomas, Alicia Bones, and Nicole Gray

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Toronto Canada1
July 27 a.m.

I have come on here, for a few days on my jaunt to the Thousand Islands at the mouth of St Lawrence—shall spend a week there—then to Montreal—then on to Quebec—then to the Saguenay river—am pretty well, considering—go all the way, 800 miles, by good steamboat—(the doctor thinks it will do me good)—This is a splendid city, right on Lake Ontario—I shall be back in September—I enjoy my journey & meet with plenty of friends—Show this to all the boys2

Walt Whitman


1. This postal card is addressed: Tilghman Hiskey | care of Ed: Lindell | ferry foot of Federal Street | Camden New Jersey | U S A. It is postmarked: (?) | Jy 28 | 80 | Canada. [back]

2. Hiskey's fellow employees on the Camden ferries, many of whom were cited in Specimen Days, ed. Floyd Stovall (New York: New York University Press, 1963), 183. See also the letter from Whitman to Hiskey of June 20, 1880 and Walt Whitman's Diary in Canada, ed. William Sloane Kennedy (Boston: Small, Maynard & Company, 1904), 19–20. [back]


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