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Title: Walt Whitman to Edwin H. Woodruff, 21 December [1886?]

Date: December 21, 1886

Whitman Archive ID: cor.00003

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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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328 Mickle Street
Camden New Jersey1
Dec 212

Thanks for your good letter & contents—wh- I have rec'd all right.

Walt Whitman

Edwin H. Woodruff (1863–1941), then a member of the staff of the Cornell University Library, was introduced to the poet by Hiram Corson in a letter of March 26, 1886. Two days later he was in Camden (Whitman's Commonplace Book, Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.). Earlier, on June 4, 1882, Woodruff had sent Whitman a poem written under his influence and printed in the Cornell Era. Later Woodruff became a professor of law and was dean of the Cornell Law School from 1916 to 1921. See Cornell University, Faculty. Necrology of the Faculty, 1941–1942, 5–7.


1. This postal card is addressed: Edwin H Woodruff | Cornell University Library | Ithaca | New York. It is postmarked: CAMDEN | DEC | 21 | 8 PM | 188 [illegible] | N.J.; [illegible] | DEC | 22 | 7 PM | [illegible]D. [back]

2. The year in which Whitman's postcard to Woodruff was written is conjectural, but 1886 seems plausible, based on the timing of Woodruff's visit to Whitman. [back]


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