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Title: Walt Whitman to Peter Doyle, 28 August [1874]

Date: August 28, 1874

Whitman Archive ID: loc.01650

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.

Editorial notes: The annotations, "74?," and "1874 or '5," are in an unknown hand.

Contributors to digital file: Elizabeth Lorang, Kathryn Kruger, Zachary King, Eric Conrad, Alex Kinnaman, and Nicole Gray



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431 Stevens st. Camden,1
Aug 28.2

Dear Pete,

Nothing very new with me—rather a mixed week—some suffering—Pete if you have a decided wish to go on the Pulman car, & are pretty clear that it would be a good move, I will let you have $100.

Good bye for this time dear son—Your
Walt


Correspondent:
Peter Doyle (1843–1907) was one of Walt Whitman's closest comrades and lovers, and their friendship spanned nearly thirty years. The two met in 1865 when the twenty-one-year-old Doyle was a conductor in the horsecar where the forty-five-year-old Whitman was a passenger. Despite his status as a veteran of the Confederate Army, Doyle's uneducated, youthful nature appealed to Whitman. Although Whitman's stroke in 1873 and subsequent move from Washington to Camden limited the time the two could spend together, their relationship rekindled in the mid-1880s after Doyle moved to Philadelphia and visited nearby Camden frequently. After Whitman's death, Doyle permitted Richard Maurice Bucke to publish the letters Whitman had sent him. For more on Doyle and his relationship with Whitman, see Martin G. Murray, "Doyle, Peter."

Notes:

1. This letter is addressed: Pete Doyle, | M street South | bet. 4½ & 6th | Washington, D.C. It is postmarked: Camden | Aug | 28(?) | N.J. [back]

2. See the letter from Whitman to Doyle of July 31, 1874[back]


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