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Title: Walt Whitman to Ruth Stafford, 11 December 1881

Date: December 11, 1881

Source: Transcribed from digital images or a microfilm reproduction of the original item. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

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.04021

Contributors to digital file: Stefan Schoeberlein, Nima Najafi Kianfar, Kirsten Clawson, and Nicole Gray



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Camden
Dec: 11 '811

Dear Ruthey

Yours rec'd—It seems a friend of mine who is in the Ledger office Philadelphia,2 tho't I was down at Kirkwood—he was very anxious I should know of the bad illness of a particular friend of mine, & so wrote to Kirkwood—My friend died Friday morning—I go to the funeral to-morrow3

—I get a little news from you all, once in a while—(by a visit from Ed some time ago—& early last week by a visit from Harry.)

Thank you for the honey—it was very acceptable—we ate every drop of it, & enjoyed it—it was like the singed cat—a great deal better than it look'd—

—I am well as usual—have a little work to do, but not much—Want to come down & see you all before long—will write a day or two before4


Walt Whitman


Notes:

1. This letter bears the address: Miss Ruth Anna Stafford | Kirkwood | Glendale | New Jersey. It is postmarked: Camden | Dec | 11 | (?) M | N.J. [back]

2. Probably Richard E. Labar. [back]

3. Colonel John W. Forney was buried on December 12 (Whitman's Commonplace Book, Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.). [back]

4. Whitman was at Glendale from December 29 to January 9 (Whitman's Commonplace Book). [back]


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