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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.
cor West.
March 8.1

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]


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