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Title: Walt Whitman to Peter Doyle, 26 February [1875]

Date: February 26, 1875

Whitman Archive ID: nyp.00361

Source: The Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature, New York Public Library. The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 2:324. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Contributors to digital file: Kenneth M. Price, Elizabeth Lorang, Kathryn Kruger, Zachary King, and Eric Conrad

431 Stevens st.
cor West.
N. Jersey.
Feb. 26.1

A bright day again here, after some ugly weather. Pete, a bad month past, with me, but might have been worse—Bad spells frequent—strength, however, pretty fair—Out a little every day or so. Spirits good. Comfortable now as I write—Wish you was here—paper & card came all right—

W. W.


1. This postcard bears the address, "Pete Doyle, | M st. South—bet 4½ & 6th | Washington, D.C." It is postmarked: "Camden | Feb | 26 | N.J."

The four brief postcards to Doyle in February 1875 were written on Fridays, and the discussion of his ailments is confirmed in Whitman's March 2, 1875 letter to John and Ursula Burroughs, which can be positively assigned to this year. Obviously this postcard was written before Whitman's visit to Washington in November 1875. [back]


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