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Title: Postcard from Walt Whitman to Peter Doyle, 29 December [1874 or 1875]

Date: December 29, 1874 or 1875

Whitman Archive ID: nyp.00382

Source: The Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature. The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 2:349. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Contributors to digital file: Elizabeth Lorang, Zachary King, and Eric Conrad

431 Stevens st.
Cor West.
N. Jersey
Dec. 29—4 p. m.1

Keep along about the same—(thankful to be as well as I am)—have had two days of rainy, cloudy weather—but it has cleared off bright, & I am just going out for an hour or two—O that I had you with me—Happy New Year—



1. This postcard is addressed, "Pete Doyle, | M st. South bet 4½ & 6th | Washington D. C." It is postmarked: "Camden | (?) | (?) 9 | N.J.; Carrier | 30 | Dec | 8 AM."

This postcard cannot be assigned to a specific year because the allusions to Whitman's health are vague and in fact applicable to almost any time between 1873 and 1876, and there are no concrete references to events which would make dating possible. However, it was written on a standard government postcard which was redesigned in 1876. [back]


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