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Title: Calvin B. Knerr to Walt Whitman, 12 May 1891

Date: May 12, 1891

Whitman Archive ID: loc.02595

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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Calvin B. Knerr, M.D.,
N.E. Corner Spruce and Twelfth Streets.
May 12 1891

Dear Walt Whitman,

I hand you my check for the precious book into which you have put so much of your dear self and consider myself forever your debtor.

You kindly asked me to come again, which I will be glad to do on condition that you will not find me tiresome.

You trusted me and I thank and love you for it.

Cordially Yours
Calvin B. Knerr.

Calvin Brobst Knerr (1847–1940) was a Philadelphia-based homeopathic doctor. He was the former pupil and son-in-law of Dr. Constantine Hering (1800–1880), an advocate for and practitioner of homeopathic medicine. Whitman mentions the visit from Knerr to Horace Traubel. See With Walt Whitman in Camden, Tuesday, May 12, 1891.


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