Title: Postcard from Walt Whitman to Peter Doyle, 8 March [1874 or 1875]
Date: March 8, 1874 or 1875
Source: The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 2:347. For a detailed description of discrepancies between this electronic edition and the print source, see our statement of editorial policy.
Location: The Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature, New York Public Library
Whitman Archive ID: nyp.00375
431 Stevens st.
Card rec'd—A bad, bad week—head troubles—hope to send better acc'ts, next time—
1. This postcard bears the address, "Pete Doyle, | M st. South, bet. 4½ & 6th | Washington, D.C." It is postmarked: "Camden | Mar | 8 | N.J.; Carrier | 9 | Mar | 8 AM."
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. [back]