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Title: Walt Whitman to Edward Wilkins, 10 July 1890

Date: July 10, 1890

Whitman Archive ID: loc.04867

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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July 10 '90

Dear Ed

Y'r letter has come this forenoon2—finds me quite sick & lying down most of the time—Will write soon & more at length—I have these spells sometimes & then have to let every thing go. Nothing serious—shall be all right in a few days—Keep a stout heart dear boy, & God bless you—

Walt Whitman

Edward "Ned" Wilkins (1865–1936) was one of Whitman's nurses during his Camden years; he was sent to Camden from London, Ontario, by Dr. Richard M. Bucke, and he began caring for Whitman on November 5, 1888. He stayed for a year before returning to Canada to attend the Ontario Veterinary School. For more information, see Bert A. Thompson, "Edward Wilkins: Male Nurse to Walt Whitman," Walt Whitman Review 15 (September 1969), 194–195.


1. This letter is addressed: Ed: Wilkins | 137 King Street | London | Ontario | Canada. It is postmarked: Camden N.J. | Jul 10 | 8 PM | 90; 3 | PM JY | 12; Philadelphia, PA | Jul | 10 | 90 | Transit; London | PM | JY [illegible] | CA [illegible]. [back]

2. This letter does not seem to be extant. [back]


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