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Title: Walt Whitman to Charles W. Eldridge, [10 October 1873]

Date: October 10, 1873

Whitman Archive ID: hsp.00009

Source: The Historical Society of Pennsylvania. The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 2:250. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

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431 Stevens st.
cor West.
Camden, N. J.
Friday 3 p. m.1

Dear friend,

I suppose you got my postal card. I am still about the same as then—or, if any different, it is on the side of relief & improvement—I have the feeling to go out & try to get around—have better spirits than I could expect—but on trial, the least exertion confuses my head, & overcomes me. But I am sitting here at present in my room, comparatively comfortable—& feel every hope that I shall be able to give better account of myself next week. I am still clear of the pronounced bad spells of seven or eight days ago—a great gain & let-up. The weather here is fine.

Walt Whitman

Isn't that Evangelical Alliance a pretty kettle of fish? I read the Tribune through every day.


1. The date of this letter is determined by the reference to it in Whitman's October 9–10, 1873 letter to Peter Doyle and by the allusion to the Evangelical Alliance (mentioned in Whitman's October 3, 1873 letter to Eldridge). [back]


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