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Title: Walt Whitman to Andrew Carnegie, 1 February 1888

Date: February 1, 1888

Whitman Archive ID: nyp.00696

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), 4:146. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Contributors to digital file: Braden Krien, Ryan Furlong, Ian Faith, and Stephanie Blalock

328 Mickle Street
Camden New Jersey
Feb: 1 '88—1

Thanks for the books, (three) wh' have arrived, & will be treasured. When in Phila. come over here & see me—I have a copy of Leaves of Grass for you—(would mail it if I knew the right address)2

Walt Whitman

Andrew Carnegie (1835–1919), the prominent industrialist and admirer of Whitman, had donated twice to the support of the aged poet.


1. This letter is addressed: Andrew Carnegie | New York City. It is postmarked: Camden, N.J. | Feb 2 | 6am | 88; | P.O. | 2-2-88 | 10-1A | N.Y. [back]

2. Whitman sent this postcard to "New York City"; someone added "5 West 51st St." Carnegie contributed $50 to the fund that paid for Whitman's nurse (Horace Traubel, With Walt Whitman in Camden, Wednesday, March 27, 1889). [back]


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