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Title: Walt Whitman to Isabella Ford, 8 December 1883

Date: December 8, 1883

Source: 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.

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

Whitman Archive ID: nyp.00504

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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