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Walt Whitman to Andrew Carnegie, 1 February 1888

Thanks for the books, (three) wh' have arrived, & will be treasured. When in Phila. come over here & see me—I have a copy of Leaves of Grass for you—(would mail it if I knew the right address)2

Walt Whitman

Andrew Carnegie (1835–1919), the prominent industrialist and admirer of Whitman, had donated twice to the support of the aged poet.


  • 1. This letter is addressed: Andrew Carnegie | New York City. It is postmarked: Camden, N.J. | Feb 2 | 6am | 88; | P.O. | 2-2-88 | 10-1A | N.Y. [back]
  • 2. Whitman sent this postcard to "New York City"; someone added "5 West 51st St." Carnegie contributed $50 to the fund that paid for Whitman's nurse (Horace Traubel, With Walt Whitman in Camden, Wednesday, March 27, 1889). [back]
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