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Title: Walt Whitman to Isabella Ford, 8 December 1883

Date: December 8, 1883

Whitman Archive ID: nyp.00504

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. Ted Genoways (Iowa City, IA: University of Iowa Press, 2004), 7:71. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Contributors to digital file: Stefan Schoeberlein, Kirsten Clawson, Nima Najafi Kianfar, and Nicole Gray

Camden New Jersey U S America1
Dec. 8 1883

In compliance with your late request & remittance2 (safely received—thanks) I forward my two Vols. poems & prose—same mail with this—same address. Will you kindly notify me by postal card soon as you get them safely?

Walt Whitman


1. This letter is addressed: Isabella Ford | Adel Grange | Leeds | England. It is postmarked: Camden N.J. | Dec. 8 | Philadelphia | Dec. 8 1883. [back]

2. Elizabeth (Bessie) and Isabella Ford, English friends of Edward Carpenter, ordered books on June 13, 1883. On June 27, Whitman noted sending "L of G & S.D. (two vols) to Bessie Ford" (Daybooks and Notebooks, ed. William White [New York: New York University Press, 1977], 2:325). Six months later Isabella ordered the same books for herself. Though no letter of receipt is currently known, Whitman marked the order "paid" (Daybooks and Notebooks, 2:325). [back]


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