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Walt Whitman to James W. Wallace, 10 February 1891

It is sunset & growing dark but I tho't w'd write you just a line—Nothing new or notable with me—rather bad times, but have eaten my supper, & am sitting here in fair trim—that is might be much worse—God bless you

Walt Whitman

James William Wallace (1853–1926), of Bolton, England, was an architect and great admirer of Whitman. Wallace, along with Dr. John Johnston (1852–1927), a physician in Bolton, founded the "Bolton College" of English admirers of the poet. Johnston and Wallace corresponded with Whitman and with Horace Traubel and other members of the Whitman circle in the United States, and they separately visited the poet and published memoirs of their trips in John Johnston and James William Wallace, Visits to Walt Whitman in 1890–1891 by Two Lancashire Friends (London: Allen and Unwin, 1917). For more information on Wallace, see Larry D. Griffin, "Wallace, James William (1853–1926)," Walt Whitman: An Encyclopedia, ed. J.R. LeMaster and Donald D. Kummings (New York: Garland Publishing, 1998).


  • 1. This postal card is addressed: JW Wallace | Anderton near Chorley | Lancashire | England. It is postmarked: Camden, N.J. | Feb 10 | 8 PM | 91. [back]
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