Title: Charles Louis Heyde to Walt Whitman, 25 November 1884
Date: November 25, 1884
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Location: The Trent Collection of Whitmaniana, Duke University Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library
Whitman Archive ID: duk.00397
Contributors to digital file: Alex Ashland, Stefan Schöberlein, Ian Faith, Nicole Gray, and Kyle Barton
Van Ness and American Hotels,
The "Van Ness House" has a Safety Hydraulic Passenger Elevator, Fire Escapes, Etc.
Fine Views of the Lakes and Mountains from all parts of the House.
U. A. WOODBURY, Proprietor.
L. S. DREW, Manager.
H. N. CLARK, Clerk.
VAN NESS HOUSE
25, Nov 1884
Han is improving although very nervous: I suggested a dress: common, cheap calico one ready made which cannot be procured here: She has two or three cut: one late last spring: others years ago: She is unfortunate, proceeds so far with one, then puts it aside: no service to her now—She managed to wash an old one a few days ago: put it on: She has a craze for painting old woollen table covers, for effect [in?] her small parlor: procured some vermillion for her and gave her a brush: mixed the paint: she covered her arms and hands with it: body of her dress, and some on the skirt: daubs chair backs, and things generaly: I must humor her: her mind must have occupation: I put down her winter carpet on Sun. She is much pleased: [retoned?] her oil cloth: shall black and put up her stove: then I shall run two coal fires constantly. Weather pleasant at times—then furious, blustering—freezing hard.
C. L. Heyde
Charles Louis Heyde (1822–1890), a French-born landscape painter, married Hannah Louisa Whitman (1823–1890), Walt Whitman's sister, and they lived in Burlington, Vermont. Charles Heyde was infamous among the Whitmans for his offensive letters and poor treatment of Hannah. For more information about Heyde, see Steven Schroeder, "Heyde, Charles Louis (1822–1892)," Walt Whitman: An Encyclopedia, ed. J.R. LeMaster and Donald D. Kummings (New York: Garland Publishing, 1998).