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Title: Walt Whitman to Thomas W. H. Rolleston, 3 November 1884

Date: November 3, 1884

Whitman Archive ID: uka.00002

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328 Mickle Street1
Camden New Jersey US America
Nov 3 '84—

The package of MS. came to hand safely yesterday—I have just had a letter from F Lee, Highlands, St Saviour's, Jersey—I keep on about as usual—

Walt Whitman

Thomas William Hazen Rolleston (1857–1920) was an Irish poet and journalist. After attending college in Dublin, he moved to Germany for a period of time. He wrote to Whitman frequently, beginning in 1880, and later produced with Karl Knortz the first book-length translation of Whitman's poetry into German. In 1889, the collection Grashalme: Gedichte [Leaves of Grass: Poems] was published by Verlags-Magazin in Zurich, Switzerland. See Walter Grünzweig, Constructing the German Walt Whitman (Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 1995). For more information on Rolleston, see Walter Grünzweig, "Rolleston, Thomas William Hazen (1857–1920)," Walt Whitman: An Encyclopedia, ed. J.R. LeMaster and Donald D. Kummings (New York: Garland Publishing, 1998).


1. This postal card is addressed: T W Rolleston | glass house Shinrone | Kings County Ireland. It is postmarked: CAMDEN | NOV | 2 | 1884 | N.J.; PHILADELPHIA, P.A. | NOV | 2 | 1884 | PAID; [illegible] SCREA | B | NO 13 | 84. [on verso:] [illegible] SCREA | B | NO 13 | 84. [back]


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