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Title: Walt Whitman to Maggie Biddle, 2 January 1887

Date: January 2, 1887

Source: The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 4:62. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Location: The Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

Whitman Archive ID: loc.06090

Contributors to digital file: Stefan Schöberlein, Ian Faith, Stephanie Blalock, and Nicole Gray

328 Mickle Street
Camden New Jersey1
Jan. 2 '87

I mail you the two Vols. (same address as this card)—When rec'd, please kindly send me a card notifying me—The Vols. are fully paid for.2

Walt Whitman

Maggie Pepper Van Reed Biddle was a native of Pennsylvania and married Noble T. Biddle (1840–1902), a lawyer, in 1865. They lived in Elkton, Maryland, and then moved to San José, California, in 1881, where Mr. Biddle became a prominent attorney.


1. This letter is addressed: Mrs. Noble T Biddle | San José | California. It is postmarked: Cam[den] | Jan | 2 | (?) | 1887; Philadelphia, Pa. | Jan | 2 | (?) | Transit. [back]

2. When he sent the books, Walt Whitman apparently enclosed the following note: "I will also send you a late photo-lithograph portrait W W" (Charles E. Feinberg Collection, the Library of Congress, Washington D.C.). [back]


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