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Title: Elizabeth Porter Gould to Walt Whitman, 16 April 1891

Date: April 16, 1891

Whitman Archive ID: loc.02231

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.

Editorial note: The annotation, "See notes: Aug 6 1891," is in the hand of Horace Traubel.

Contributors to digital file: Ethan Heusser, Cristin Noonan, Breanna Himschoot, Jason McCormick, and Stephanie Blalock

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A1 thousand thanks, my dear poet, for the added kindness—Next to greeting you personally is possessing a picture so redolent of nature's friendliness you know so well. God bless you!

Loyally yours.
E. P. G.

Elizabeth Porter Gould (1848–1906) was a Massachusetts writer and reformer who edited the collection Gems from Walt Whitman (1889), a selection of poems from Leaves of Grass that she condensed to create short poetic "gems."


1. Gould's name and address are printed on the verso of her postal card as follows: Miss Gould. | 131 Chestnut St. Gould has also written in ink her full name and the city as follows: Elizabeth Porter Gould | Chelsea. This postal card is addressed: Walt Whitman | Camden. | New Jersey. It is postmarked: CHELSEA STA. MASS. | APR 16 | 5–PM | 1891; CAMDEN, N.J. | APR | 17 | [illegible] | 1891 | REC'D. [back]


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