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Date: 1890
Place: Camden
Photographer: Dr. John Johnston, Bolton, England
Note: Taken on Camden wharf. With Warren Fritzinger, Whitman's last and favorite nurse. "Warry," Whitman said, "is faithful, true, and loyal." Whitman called him his "sailor boy," and he indeed had spent years at sea. He was the son of a friend of Mary Davis, Whitman's housekeeper; when Warry's parents died, Mary became his guardian, and she talked him into becoming Whitman's nurse. He was a comfort to Whitman in the last years: "I like to look at him—”he is health to look at: young, strong, lithe." Dr. J. Johnston, one of Whitman's English admirers and a founder of the "Eagle Street College," arrived in Philadelphia to visit Whitman on 15 July 1890, and that evening photographed Whitman and Fritzinger, who were out for a walk, Fritzinger pushing Whitman in his wheel chair (which had replaced his phaeton as a mode of transportation in 1889): "As we approached the wharf he exclaimed: 'How delicious the air is!' On the wharf he allowed me to photograph himself and Warry (it was almost dusk and the light unfavourable), after which I sat down on a log of wood beside him, and he talked in the most free and friendly manner for a full hour, facing the golden sunset, in the cool evening breeze, with the summer lightning playing around us, and the ferry-boats crossing and re-crossing the Delaware."
Type: Print
Credit: Charles E. Feinberg
ID: 117

Image 117


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