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Title: Walt Whitman to Edward Carpenter, 5 October [1877]

Date: October 5, 1877

Whitman Archive ID: duk.00745

Source: The Trent Collection of Walt Whitman Manuscripts, Duke University Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library. The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 3:100. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

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

Camden New Jersey
U S America1
Oct 5

I have to-day sent by mail post paid, the Volumes to Messrs Thompson, Templeton, Teall and Haweis,2 (seven Vols in all)3Many thanks to you—I am well, for me—I am just going over to the G[ilchrist]s to spend the evening4—H[erbert] has return'd—



1. The envelope for this letter bears the address: Edward Carpenter | 45 Brunswick Square | Brighton | England. It is postmarked: Camden | (?) | N.J.; Paid | Liverpool | U S Packet | 18 Oc (?) 7 | 5 A. [back]

2. Seymer (Seymour?) Thompson was at Christ's College, Cambridge; Clement Templeton was a concert manager in London; J. J. Harris Teall taught science at Nottingham; and the Rev. H. R. Haweis was "a popular London preacher"; see Whitman's Commonplace Book (Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.) and Carpenter's letter to Walt Whitman of December 19, 1877. Haweis and his wife called on Whitman in Camden on December 3, 1885 (Commonplace Book); "A Visit to Walt Whitman" appeared in the Pall Mall Budget on January 14, 1886, and in the Critic, 8 (27 February 1877), 109. [back]

3. Except for Teall, the men had ordered the two-volume edition; see Whitman's October 5, 1877 postcard to Teall. [back]

4. In his Commonplace Book Whitman noted: "Oct 5 after three weeks absence visited Mrs G's—Mrs G temporarily sitting up—Herbert returned." [back]


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