Title: Walt Whitman to Susan Stafford, 3 February 1886
Date: February 3, 1886
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Notes for this letter were derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller, 6 vols. (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977).
Location: The Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.03922
Contributors to digital file: Grace Thomas, Eder Jaramillo, Nima Najafi Kianfar, Elizabeth Lorang, and Nicole Gray
Feb 3 '86
I came down here yesterday to deliver a lecture, which came off all right last evening—I am going back to day—Shall come down the first Sunday the weather & travelling are good2—
Susan M. Stafford was the mother of Harry Stafford, who, in 1876, became a close friend of Whitman while working at the printing office of the Camden New Republic. Whitman regularly visited the Staffords at their family farm near Kirkwood, New Jersey. Whitman enjoyed the atmosphere and tranquility that the farm provided and would often stay for weeks at a time (see David G. Miller, "Stafford, George and Susan M.," Walt Whitman: An Encyclopedia, ed. J.R. LeMaster and Donald D. Kummings [New York: Garland Publishing, 1998], 685).
1. This postal card is addressed: Mrs: Susan Stafford | Kirkwood | (Glendale) | New Jersey. It is postmarked: Philadelphia, Pa. | Feb | 3 | 1886 | 4 PM | Transit. [back]
2. Apparently Whitman was unable to visit the Staffords before March 7 (Whitman's Commonplace Book, Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.). [back]