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Title: Walt Whitman to Emma Bouvier Peterson Childs, 18 January 1882

Date: January 18, 1882

Whitman Archive ID: loc.01262

Source: The Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. 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.

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431 Stevens Street
Jan: 18 '82

My dear Mrs Childs1

Yours & Mr Childs', inviting me to dine & meet Mr Wilde received & appreciated—But I am an invalid—just suffering an extra bad spell & forbidden to go out nights this weather—

Please give my hearty salutation & American welcome to Mr Wilde—

I much desire my friend to briefly report & give my respects in person to you & shall try to do so soon—

Walt Whitman


1. Emma Bouvier Childs was the wife of George W. Childs, the co-owner of the Philadelphia Public Ledger[back]


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