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Title: Walt Whitman to Moncure D. Conway, [19 March 1887]

Date: March 19, 1887

Whitman Archive ID: yal.00242

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: Ryan Furlong, Stefan Schöberlein, Kevin McMullen, and Stephanie Blalock

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Camden, New Jersey1
328 Mickle Street—ab't 100 rods from Federal st. ferry (from foot of Market St. Phila: side)2

Yes—I shall be home Sunday afternoon—Shall be glad to see you—Ab't 3 will be a good time—but suit your convenience3

Walt Whitman

Moncure Daniel Conway (1832–1907) was an American abolitionist, minister, and frequent correspondent with Walt Whitman. Conway often acted as Whitman's agent and occasional public relations man in England. For more on Conway, see Philip W. Leon, "Conway, Moncure Daniel (1832–1907)," Walt Whitman: An Encyclopedia, ed. J.R. LeMaster and Donald D. Kummings (New York: Garland Publishing, 1998).


1. Notes from the holding library that accompany this postal card indicate that it was "Removed from Van Sinderen copy of WW's "Franklin Evans" (New World, II, 10). [back]

2. This postal card is addressed: Moncure D Conway | care of G DeB Keim | 2009 De Lancey Place | Philadelphia. It is postmarked: Camden | Mar 19 | 12 M | 1887 | N.J.; Received | Mar 19 1887 | 1 PM | Phila. [back]

3. Whitman noted the visit in his Commonplace Book (Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.) on March 20 without comment. [back]


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