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Title: Walt Whitman to C. Oscar Gridley, 28 September 1886

Date: September 28, 1886

Whitman Archive ID: loc.02241

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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328 Mickle street1
Camden New Jersey U S America
Sept. 28 '86

Thanks for the package of "Notes"2 which have reach'd me safely—I shall send most of them to one & another. I am still here & keeping up ab't the same—good bodily heart, enough, but a prisoner to chair & house—

Walt Whitman

C. Oscar Gridley of London was the secretary of the Carlyle Society and had called on Whitman in April 1884. He had contributed to William Michael Rossetti and Herbert Gilchrist's fundraiser for Whitman in 1885. The poet called Gridley a "friend of L of G. and W. W." in a letter to Gilchrist of September 15, 1885.


1. This postal card is addressed: C Oscar Gridley | 9 Duke Street | London Bridge | London | s e | England. It is postmarked: CAMDEN | SEP | 28 | 3 PM | 1886 | N.J. [back]

2. Gridley privately published a pamphlet called Notes on America in 1884, describing his visit to Whitman just after he moved to his Mickle Street home and giving his impression of the poet's personality, appearance, opinions, and philosophy. [back]


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