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Title: L. Morrell to Walt Whitman, 16 September 1891

Date: September 16, 1891

Whitman Archive ID: loc.03153

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.

Contributors to digital file: Kara Wentworth, Ian Faith, Andrew David King, and Stephanie Blalock

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S.S. "British Prince." 1
Voy. No.
Sep. 16th 1891

My Dear Walt Whitman

For the sake of the good your works & life have done me I should have liked to have called on you to say "Goodbye"—as I am retiring from the sea—but—I found a family affair, which caused me some astonishment & some pain which took up all my time.

I hope to join the friends at Bolton Lancs2 & to hear of you from time to time

Wishing you goodbye
I am yours sincerely
L. Morrell

As yet we have no information about this correspondent, except that he must have been at least loosely affiliated with the "Bolton College" group of Whitman disciples in Bolton, England. While the Library of Congress catalogs this letter under "L. Morrell," it is unclear that the signature actually is "L. Morrell."


1. This letter is addressed: Walt Whitman | Mickle Street | Camden | N. J. It is postmarked: CA[PE] MAY | SEP | 17 | 7 PM | 1891 | N.J.; CAMDEN N.J. | SEP 19 | 10 AM | 91 | REC'D. [back]

2. The "Bolton College" was a group of Whitman admirers located in Bolton, England. Founded by Dr. John Johnston (1852–1927) and James William Wallace (1853–1926), the group corresponded with Whitman and Horace Traubel throughout the final years of the poet's life. For more information on Johnston, see Larry D. Griffin, "Johnston, Dr. John (1852–1927)," Walt Whitman: An Encyclopedia, ed. J.R. LeMaster and Donald D. Kummings (New York: Garland Publishing, 1998). For more information on Wallace, see Larry D. Griffin, "Wallace, James William (1853–1926)," Walt Whitman: An Encyclopedia, ed. J.R. LeMaster and Donald D. Kummings (New York: Garland Publishing, 1998). [back]


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