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Title: Walt Whitman to Maggie Biddle, 2 January 1887

Date: January 2, 1887

Whitman Archive ID: loc.06090

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

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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