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Title: Elmer E. Stafford to Walt Whitman, 18 January 1878

Date: January 18, 1878

Editorial note: The annotation, "from Elmer | Jan 18 '78," is in the hand of Walt Whitman.

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Location: The Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

Whitman Archive ID: loc.03956

Contributors to digital file: Vince Moran, Eder Jaramillo, Alicia Bones, Nicole Gray, and Stefan Schöberlein



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Jan. 18. 1878

Dear Walt

I have received your letter and very glad to hear from you.1 I am well and hope this letter will find you the same.

Dear Walt, I would like to see you. there is nothing very new, the W is clear & the stars is shining very bright, as you stated in your letter you would like to no Wesleys2 address

Wesley Stafford

Dixie, Polk Co

Oregon

I would like to come down & stay all night with you I will come down as soon as I can. It is now 4 minutes after 8 oclock I have been hauling wood to day we have been Clearing off the swamp & now are very near don. we are all well. the weather has not been very cold yet but we [illegible] for snow perty soon. I will come down and stay with you some time just as soon as I can if it could be so I would like to be with you all the time. I must end my letter now so it is good by Dear Walt


Elmer E. Stafford

Glendale
Camden Co
New Jersey


Notes:

1. Elmer E. Stafford (1861–1957) was Harry Stafford's cousin (see Daybooks and Notebooks, ed. William White [New York: New York University Press, 1978], 1:76 n232). [back]

2. Wesley Stafford was Harry Stafford's cousin. [back]


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