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Postcard from Walt Whitman to Peter Doyle, 16 December [1874 or 1875]

I am very decidedly better—very cold here, but bright & pleasant—I go out in it & enjoy it muchly—am now going out on a prowl till dusk—



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    This postcard bears the address, "Pete Doyle | M street South bet 4½ & M. | Washington, D.C." It is postmarked: "Camden | Dec | 16 | N.J."

    This postcard cannot be assigned to a specific year for obvious reasons: the allusions to Whitman's health are vague and in fact applicable to almost any time between 1873 and 1876; there are no concrete references to events which would make dating possible. However, it was written on a standard government postcard which was redesigned in 1876.

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