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Title: Walt Whitman to Peter Doyle, 16 April [1875]

Date: April 16, 1875

Source: The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 2:328. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Location: The Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature, New York Public Library

Whitman Archive ID: nyp.00364

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

431 Stevens st.
cor West.
N. Jersey
April 16.1

Condition tolerable—I keep good heart yet—have no doubt I shall be able to come to Wash[ington]—but when, don't know now—John Bur[roughs] was here last night to see me, on his way to Wash[ington]—hope you are all right—do you like the berth?—papers, card, &c. rec'd—Can't you come on, & get back to Balt[imore] in time?



1. This postcard bears the address, "Pete Doyle, | M street South—bet 4½ & M. | Washington, D.C." It is postmarked: "Camden | Apr | 16 | N.J.; Carrier | 17 | Apr | 8 (?) AM."

The correspondence (again chiefly postcards) with Doyle in April and May was sent on Fridays, according to Whitman's habit. At this time Doyle was working out of Baltimore; note Whitman's April 30, 1875, and June 25, 1875 letters to Doyle. This postcard can be positively dated on the basis of Burroughs' visit; see his letter to Dowden on May 4, 1875, quoted by Clara Barrus, Whitman and Burroughs—Comrades (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1931), 94. [back]


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