Title: Walt Whitman to Ruth Stafford, 29 April 
Date: April 29, 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.04254
Contributors to digital file: Stefan Schoeberlein, Nima Najafi Kianfar, Eder Jaramillo, and Nicole Gray
Friday noon April 291
Yours rec'd & accordingly I will not come down now until I hear from you—Pretty warm dry weather here & I suppose you have the same—The woods must be coming out—have you gathered any arbutus?
Give my love to your father & mother, & to Harry, Ed & all. I am sorry the mother is sick—hope when this comes she will be all right again—I am about half-and-half, have had several little jobs of writing to do—the hot weather makes me hanker for the country—I see Horner & Burr occasionally—How is Hinieken?2 Good by, Ruthy dear
—I had written a postal before I rec'd yours postponing till Tuesday—but now I will postpone until I hear from you—
1. Whitman referred to this letter in his Commonplace Book, "postponing visit until I hear from them" (Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.). [back]