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Title: Walt Whitman to Edward T. Potter, 12 July 1888

Date: July 12, 1888

Whitman Archive ID: uva.00582

Source: Papers of Walt Whitman (MSS 3829), Clifton Waller Barrett Library of American Literature, Albert H. Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia. The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 4:185. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

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Camden New Jersey
Thursday P M1
July 12 '88

Thanks, dear friend, y'r good letter & draught rec'd safely. I have been & am badly ill, but may rally yet—any how it will be all right—

Walt Whitman

Edward Tuckerman Potter (1831–1904), a native of Schenectady, New York, was a prominent American architect. He is known for designing the Mark Twain House (1871) in Hartford, Connecticut. He married Julia Maria Blatchford (1834–1922), and the couple lived abroad in London and Paris for many years, before Edward's retirement, after which they remained primarily in Newport, Rhode Island.


1. This letter is addressed: Edward Potter | The Cedars | Newport | Rhode Island. It is postmarked: Camden, N.J. | Jul 12 | 6 PM | 88. [back]


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