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Title: Long Island

Creator: Walt Whitman

Date: Undated

Source: The Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. Transcribed from digital images of the original item.

Whitman Archive ID: loc.03409

Contributors to digital file: Laura Beerits, Ty Alyea, Lauren Grewe, Nicole Gray, and Matt Cohen



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Long Island.—40 and 50 years ago it was customary for Indian women, "squaws," to go round mending and straw‑bottoming chairs.— They carried the rushes on their backs and went from house to house.— Mother mentions that there came to her father's in her young days, one of the most beautiful young women she ever saw—a squaw with a load of rushes on her back, asking a job in the chair‑mending.— She never returned.

Sometimes the squaws would bring their papooses strapped on their backs also.— silent curious babes, little accustomed to crying or to any soft and tender nursing.—


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