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Walt Whitman to Maggie Biddle, 2 January 1887

I mail you the two Vols. (same address as this card)—When rec'd, please kindly send me a card notifying me—The Vols. are fully paid for.2

Walt Whitman

Maggie Pepper Van Reed Biddle was a native of Pennsylvania and married Noble T. Biddle (1840–1902), a lawyer, in 1865. They lived in Elkton, Maryland, and then moved to San José, California, in 1881, where Mr. Biddle became a prominent attorney.


  • 1. This letter is addressed: Mrs. Noble T Biddle | San José | California. It is postmarked: Cam[den] | Jan | 2 | (?) | 1887; Philadelphia, Pa. | Jan | 2 | (?) | Transit. [back]
  • 2. When he sent the books, Walt Whitman apparently enclosed the following note: "I will also send you a late photo-lithograph portrait W W" (Charles E. Feinberg Collection, the Library of Congress, Washington D.C.). [back]
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