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Title: Unidentified Correspondent to Walt Whitman, 22 December 1891

Date: December 22, 1891

Whitman Archive ID: loc.04943

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: Cristin Noonan, Brandon James O'Neil, Breanna Himschoot, and Stephanie Blalock

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Tues—Dec 22d / 91.

Dear Old Walt Whitman

Rev 21. 1 to 8.2

Songs of Solomon 2.10 to 14.

1 John 4. 16.

Luke 24. 13.

Em Ma us

(signification original language) Hot springs.3

As yet we have no information about this correspondent.


1. This letter is addressed: Mr Walt Whitman | 328 Mickle St | Camden | N.J. It is postmarked: Newark | Dec 22 | 1 PM | 91 | [N.J.]; Camden, N.J. | Dec22 | 6 PM | 91 | Rec'd. [back]

2. This unidentified correspondent in Newark, New Jersey, wrote a letter to Whitman consisting only of citations for Biblical verses. [back]

3. The Gospel of Luke, Chapter 24, Verse 13 reads: "And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs." This verse refers to Cleopas and an unnamed traveler, both followers of Jesus of Nazareth, who left Jerusalem for Emmaus on the day of Jesus' resurrection. This correspondent also writes out Emmaus phonetically and adds "Hot springs," one possible definition of the Greek name for the village (Frederic W. Farrar, The Gospel According to St. Luke [Cambridge University Press, 1880], 350).  [back]


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