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Title: Walt Whitman to John H. Johnston, 6 November 1881

Date: November 6, 1881

Whitman Archive ID: loc.02556

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.

Contributors to digital file: Stefan Schoeberlein, Nima Najafi Kianfar, Eder Jaramillo, and Nicole Gray

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431 Stevens Street
Camden New Jersey1
Nov: 6 '81—Evn'g

Dear friend

I made a good smooth fast trip back to Camden that afternoon—find every thing here moving on about the same—life here is pretty monotonous any time, & especially after banging about & seeing so many folks & being made so much of as I for the last three or four months—but I feel pretty well & find myself enjoying most things & times—this beautiful day among the rest—(now toward sundown, & I am writing this alone up in my room, 3d story—have had a nice quiet day)—The valise came all right—Thought it best to write to Leibkeucher,2 Newark, to ask whether I should send him the two vol. $10 edition, or the one vol. $2 one—which I have accordingly done—How are you Alma? How are you Ally boy?

Walt Whitman


1. This letter bears the address: John H Johnston | Jeweler | 150 Bowery | New York City. It is postmarked: Camden | Nov | 6 | (?) PM | N.J. [back]

2. Arthur E. Lebknecker (not Leibkeucher), to whom Whitman sent the new Leaves of Grass on December 27 (Whitman's Commonplace Book, Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.). [back]


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