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Title: Josephine Webling to Walt Whitman, 15 November 1891

Date: November 15, 1891

Whitman Archive ID: loc.04849

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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30 East 22nd Street
New York.
Sunday. Nov: 15th 1891.

My Dear Walt Whitman:

I thank you more than I can say for your autograph in my book, and also for the portrait. I shall always value both.

With every felicitation, and with all my heart,

I am sincerely and gratefully yours
Josephine Webling

Josephine Emma Webling Watts (1862–1942) was an English-born actress and lecturer. She began her stage career at a young age, appearing in London theatricals together with her sisters, Peggy, Lucy, and Rosalind. The sisters performed for the Prince of Wales, future King Edward VII, and completed an American tour in the early 1890s. Around 1900, Josephine moved to the United States and married Alfred Allen Watts, a Canadian printer. For more information, see Watts's obituary, "Mrs. Jospehine Watts Services Conducted," in The Courier–News (Bridgewater, New Jersey [April 15, 1942], 4).


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