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Title: Thomas Jefferson Whitman to Louisa Van Velsor Whitman, 15 February 1873

Date: February 15, 1873

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00467

Source: Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. The transcription presented here is derived from Thomas Jefferson Whitman, Dear Brother Walt: The Letters of Thomas Jefferson Whitman, ed. Dennis Berthold and Kenneth M. Price (Kent, Ohio: Kent State University Press, 1984), 157. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Contributors to digital file: Elizabeth Lorang, Kathryn Kruger, and April Lambert

St. Louis,
Feb 15th 1873

Dear Mother

Yours received—Mattie is still about the same—her cough and choking is a little better but she has more trouble with her arm and side  last night it was terrible painful and she slept very little

This morning she was feeling a little easier

Tell George that I am exceeding grateful to him—and may call for him to come on—but not at present

Love to all

affectionately Jeff

You must excuse brevity—I have hardly time to do what business is absolutely required


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