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Title: Walt Whitman to Miss Elwell, 13 August 1884

Date: August 13, 1884

Whitman Archive ID: wwh.00021

Source: Walt Whitman House, Camden, New Jersey. The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 3:374–375. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Contributors to digital file: Stefan Schöberlein and Kyle Barton

328 Mickle Street
Camden New Jersey
Aug. 13 '84

Dear Miss Elwell

I thank Mrs. Taylor1 heartily for her poem to me—not forgetting you too for kindly sending it—I keep about as well as usual this summer.

Walt Whitman

"Miss Elwell was a friend of my sister's . . . [she] is a reader—a bright woman," Whitman later explained to Horace Traubel (With Walt Whitman in Camden, Tuesday, December 25, 1888).


1. Perhaps Mrs. Hannah L. Taylor, who wrote to Whitman on December 10, 1880[back]


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