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Title: Maggie Biddle to Walt Whitman, 4 June 1890

Date: June 4, 1890

Whitman Archive ID: loc.07083

Source: The Thomas Biggs Harned Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1842–1937, 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.

Related item: Whitman drafted a poem titled "For us two, reader dear" on the same page as this letter.

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Mr Walt Whitman
Camden, N.J.

Dear Friend,

Just a "Birthday Greeting," from beyond the "Rockies," that you may have many happy returns.

Mrs. Noble T. Biddle

San José Cal.
June 4th 1890

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.


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