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Title: Joseph C. Baldwin to Walt Whitman, 11 September 1877

Date: September 11, 1877

Source: The transcription presented here is derived from Calamus Lovers: Walt Whitman's Working Class Camerados, ed. Charley Shively (San Francisco: Gay Sunshine Press, 1987), 134. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

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

Whitman Archive ID: loc.04069

Contributors to digital file: Alicia Bones, Nima Najafi Kianfar, Eder Jaramillo, and Nicole Gray




Elliottstown, Illinois,
September 11, 1877

Dear Walt

I am well now But I Have just got out of a bed of sickness.1 I Have Had the Intermiten fever and pretty Bad.

Walt a friend in need is a friend indeed. I will ask you wanst more to Help me a little if you could lend me ten Dollars for a short time say six weeks or two months until I can sell som corn. I will Have about 2000 Buishels But it wont be ripe for six weeks or two months and then I will send it Back to you with may thanks after I get things fixt up then I think I will pay you a visit and we will enjoy ourslves as of old

write just as soon as you get this,

yours truly,
Joseph C. Baldwin


Notes:

1. Joseph C. Baldwin was a young sharecropper living in Elliottstown, Illinois, who Whitman likely met in Camden in 1873. Baldwin is discussed in Calamus Lovers: Walt Whitman's Working Class Camerados, ed. Charley Shively (San Francisco: Gay Sunshine Press, 1987), 122-135. [back]


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