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Title: Walt Whitman to Ellen M. Abdy-Williams, 7 January 1885

Date: January 7, 1885

Whitman Archive ID: yal.00234

Source: Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Transcribed from digital images or a microfilm reproduction of the original item. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Notes for this letter were created by Whitman Archive staff and/or were derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller, 6 vols. (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), and supplemented or updated by Whitman Archive staff.

Contributors to digital file: Stefan Schöberlein and Kyle Barton

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328 Mickle Street
Camden New Jersey U S America
Jan. 7 '851

Yours of Dec. 25 rec'd—with £1 for books—I forward them by this mail—Leaves of Grass and Specimen Days—two Vols—

—As soon as they reach you safely will you kindly send me a card notifying me?2

Walt Whitman

Ellen Mary Abdy-Williams (1857–1937) was a British author and journalist, who began editing the literary periodical Time in 1885. She was married to education reformer Bernhard Whishaw (1857–1914) and published some of her work as "Mrs. Bernhard Whishaw."


1. This postal card is addressed: E M Abdy-Williams | Care of Messrs. Sonnenchein | Time monthly office | White Hart Street Paternoster Square | London EC England. It is postmarked: CAMDEN | Jan | 7 | 2 PM | 1885 | N.J.; PHILADELPHIA, P.A. | JAN | (?) | (?) [back]

2. The two volumes miscarried, as Miss Abdy-Williams informed Whitman on March 18; he sent other copies on March 31 (Whitman's Commonplace Book). [back]


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