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 description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, 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
Contributors to digital file: Kenneth M. Price, Elizabeth Lorang, Kathryn Kruger, Zachary King, and Eric Conrad
431 Stevens st.
Card rec'd—A bad, bad week—head troubles—hope to send better acc'ts, next time—
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]