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Title: Havelock Ellis to Walt Whitman, 3 February 1891

Date: February 3, 1891

Whitman Archive ID: loc.02037

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.

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9 St. Mary's Terrace,
Paddington, London.1
3 Feb/91.

I am sending you a copy of my New Spirit which contains an essay that may interest you. It is a feeble attempt to express the help & delight that your work has given me.

With all affectionate greetings,
Havelock Ellis.

Henry Havelock Ellis (1859–1939) was an English physician and sexologist. He co-wrote Sexual Inversion (published in German 1896; English translation in 1897) with Whitman correspondent John Addington Symonds. His book The New Spirit, with a chapter on Whitman, appeared in 1890.


1. This postal card is addressed: Walt Whitman, | 328 Mickle St. | Camden. | New Jersey | U.S.A. It is postmarked: Paddington.W | [illegible] 12 | FE 3 | 91; New York | Feb | 14; Paid | B | All; Camden, [illegible] | Feb | 16 | 7 AM | [illegible]. [back]


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