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Title: Walt Whitman to Mannahatta and Jessie Louisa Whitman, 28 December 1883

Date: December 28, 1883

Whitman Archive ID: mhs.00010

Source: Missouri Historical Society, St. Louis, MO . 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.

Notes for this letter were created by Whitman Archive staff and/or were derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller, 6 vols. (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), and supplemented or updated by Whitman Archive staff.

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Camden N J
Dec. 28 Evn'g

Dear neices1

I have received the beautiful book-knife—Just the thing, & will be in my hands every day—All well here

Uncle Walt


1. Mannahatta and Jessie, Jeff's daughters, had visited Camden in August of this year, had gone to see Hannah Heyde in Burlington, Vt., and had returned to St. Louis at the end of November (Whitman's Commonplace Book, Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.). [back]


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