Title: Walt Whitman to Charles Eldridge, 8 December 
Date: December 8, 1874
Source: The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 5:300. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.
Location: New York University, New York, N.Y.
Whitman Archive ID: nyu.00005
Contributors to digital file: Kenneth M. Price, Elizabeth Lorang, Kathryn Kruger, Zachary King, and Eric Conrad
431 Stevens st.
Yours rec'd this morning. Thanks for sending the books. Please duly send same address the Finance Rep't for 1874 when printed. Glad to get the item about Symonds's book2—shall look for it. I am better—still head wavering, & stomach qualmish, but fainter spells & at longer intervals—am having to-day, & as I write, very tolerable conditions—
1. This postcard bears the address, "Chas. W. Eldridge | Internal Revenue Bureau | Washington, D.C." It is postmarked: "Camden | Dec | 8 | N.J.; Carrier | 9 | Dec | 6 (?) AM."
This postcard deals with the same material as that in Whitman's December 2, 1874 letter to Eldridge. [back]
2. Whitman refers here to John Addington Symonds' Studies of the Greek Poets (London: Smith, Elder, & Co., 1873–1876), in which Whitman was lauded as "more thoroughly Greek than any man of modern times." [back]