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Walt Whitman to C. Oscar Gridley, 28 September 1886


Thanks for the package of "Notes"2 which have reach'd​ me safely—I shall send most of them to one & another. I am still here & keeping up ab't​ the same—good bodily heart, enough, but a prisoner to chair & house—

Walt Whitman  loc.02241.002_large.jpg

C. Oscar Gridley of London was the secretary of the Carlyle Society and had called on Whitman in April 1884. He had contributed to William Michael Rossetti and Herbert Gilchrist's fundraiser for Whitman in 1885. The poet called Gridley a "friend of L of G. and W. W." in a letter to Gilchrist of September 15, 1885.


  • 1. This postal card is addressed: C Oscar Gridley | 9 Duke Street | London Bridge | London | s e | England. It is postmarked: CAMDEN | SEP | 28 | 3 PM | 1886 | N.J. [back]
  • 2. Gridley privately published a pamphlet called Notes on America in 1884, describing his visit to Whitman just after he moved to his Mickle Street home and giving his impression of the poet's personality, appearance, opinions, and philosophy. [back]
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