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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 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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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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