Title: Walt Whitman to Harry Stafford, 5 August 
Date: August 5, 1881
Source: The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 3:235–236. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.
Location: The location of this manuscript is unknown. Miller's transcription is derived from Sotheby & Company (13 May 1935).
Whitman Archive ID: med.00647
Contributors to digital file: Kirsten Clawson, Nima Najafi Kianfar, Stefan Schöberlein, and Nicole Gray
New York City.
. . . have been (a little) at Long Branch and Rockaway, but most of the time down on Long Island exploring the place where I was born (& the Whitmans &c for 250 years)—had a good time—am now here in New York—am going on to Boston very soon to print book...
1. Whitman noted sending a "postal" to Stafford. While he was at West Hills, he spent one day at Long Branch and another at Far Rockaway (Whitman's Commonplace Book, Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.). [back]