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Title: Walt Whitman to Doctor and Mrs. Bielby, 4 November 1873

Date: November 4, 1873

Whitman Archive ID: med.00429

Source: The location of the original manuscript is unknown. The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 5:297. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

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431 Stevens st.
cor. West.
N. Jersey,
Nov. 4, '73 1

Dear Mrs. Bielby, & Dear Doctor,

I read the letter of Oct. 29, (full of good kindliness & sympathy—My general physique still [ke]eps up, the battle with my [se]rious special cerebral ailment—& I think the physique will yet carry the day—& that I shall come back to Washington, & see you all again—though my case is very fluctuating & tantalizing. Doctor, should you come Philadelphiaward, don't fail to come over (by ferry foot of Market st.) to see me. It is not more than ten minutes journey in Camden—& it will do me good. It is not more than half a mile on the Camden side—When I return to Washington we three must get better acquainted.

Walt Whitman


1. Transcript. Transcription provided to Edwin Haviland Miller by Warren Chappell. The letter from Dr. Bielby is evidently lost. [back]


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