Title: Walt Whitman to Ruth Stafford,  March 
Date: March 9, 1881
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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.04253
Contributors to digital file: Stefan Schoeberlein, Nima Najafi Kianfar, Eder Jaramillo, and Nicole Gray
Dear girl Ruth
Your nice letter came all right, & I was glad to hear from you, & the news around there—I put in quite a busy day yesterday—in the forenoon, 9 to 10, went to the funeral of a valued friend of mine—then had three visitors made long calls during the day—I was glad to see them all—one from Boston, I had long wanted to see—then middle of the afternoon went to the polls to vote, (election day here yesterday)—and went over to Philadelphia on a jaunt & visit from 4 to 6½—But today it is raining & blowing at a great rate, & I am staying in writing,—give my love to your father & mother—I am sorry to hear by your letter she is not very well—I hope you fly around & spare her as much as possible in the work—I shall be down Friday in the 4½ afternoon train to Kirkwood if it dont storm
1. This "letter-card" was sent on Wednesday, March 9 (Whitman's Commonplace Book, Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.). The visitor from Boston was George Parsons Lathrop (see the letter from Whitman to John Burroughs of March 16, 1881). [back]