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Walt Whitman to Peter Doyle, 7 August [1874]

All about the same—write to me about Tasistro in your next—Am here partially alone—folks gone to Atlantic city2—I prefer staying here—wish you was here with me—head aching badly to-day—in good spirits though—

W. W.


  • 1.

    This postcard bears the address, "Pete Doyle, | M street South, bet 4½ & 6th | Washington, D.C." It is postmarked: "Camden | Aug | 7 | N.J.; Carrier | 8 | Aug | 8 AM."

    The dating of this postcard as well as the notes and letters to Doyle on July 31, August 14, 21, and 28, 1874, depends in part on Whitman's habit of writing on Fridays. However, as evidenced in Whitman's August 5 letter to Ellen O'Connor and his August 18 letter to John and Ursula Burroughs, both of which were conclusively written in 1874, Whitman's "alternations" were especially marked during the summer of this year, and despite his "natural buoyancy" he was frequently depressed by the inability of his once healthy body to triumph over his ailments.

  • 2. The visit of George and Louisa to Atlantic City was mentioned in Whitman's August 5, 1874 letter to Ellen O'Connor. [back]
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