Title: Walt Whitman to Peter Doyle, 15 January 
Date: January 15, 1876
Source: The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman,The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 3:19. 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.00383
431 Stevens st.
Jan 15. Address: Pete Doyle, M street South bet 4½ & 6th Washington, D.C.
Postmarks: Camden Jan 15N.J.; Carrier 16Jan 8 AM.
The year is established by John Burroughs' visit; in his January 26, 1876, letter to William Michael Rossetti, Whitman wrote that Burroughs had visited the week before. Writing to Dowden on April 9, 1876, Burroughs spoke of this visit and of his impression that Whitman "had mended decidedly since I had seen him in the spring before" (Clara Barrus, Whitman and Burroughs—Comrades [Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1931], 120, and note 121).
Nothing very new or different. Was much relieved when I heard you was out of that smash up on the road. John Burroughs is here on a visit—we have just had dinner—Cold & wintry here, but bright & clear—I go out some—your letter & paper came—am feeling quite comfortable—