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Title: Walt Whitman to Louisa Orr Haslam Whitman, 16 November [1885]

Date: November 16, 1885

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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.05003

Contributors to digital file: Alex Kinnaman, Stefan Schöberlein, Ian Faith, and Stephanie Blalock



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328 Mickle street
Camden
Nov: 16

Dear Lou

Thanks for the beautiful & costly wolf-skin robe,—it is just the thing I wanted most—already comes in first rate—used it yesterday—Ed's stockings1 came Saturday—I am feeling pretty well—better than three weeks ago


Walt Whitman


Correspondent:
Louisa Orr Haslam Whitman (1842–1892), called "Loo" or "Lou," married Walt's brother George Whitman on April 14, 1871. Their son, Walter Orr Whitman, was born in 1875 but died the following year. A second son was stillborn. Walt lived in Camden, New Jersey, with George and Louisa from 1873 until 1884, when George and Louisa moved to a farm outside of Camden and Whitman decided to stay in the city. Louisa and Walt had a warm relationship during the poet's final decades. For more, see Karen Wolfe, " Whitman, Louisa Orr Haslam (Mrs. George) (1842–1892)," Walt Whitman: An Encyclopedia, ed. J.R. LeMaster and Donald D. Kummings (New York: Garland Publishing, 1998).

Notes:

1. These stockings were for Whitman's mentally and physically incapacitated brother Edward, who had lived with George and Louisa but was now living at a boarding house in the country. [back]


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