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

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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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