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Title: John M. Rogers to Walt Whitman, 28 March 1876

Date: March 28, 1876

Whitman Archive ID: loc.01875

Source: The Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. Transcribed from digital images or a microfilm reproduction of the original item. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Editorial notes: The annotations, "Ans June 30. '76," and "John Rogers," are in the hand of Walt Whitman.

Contributors to digital file: Alex Kinnaman, Elizabeth Lorang, Eder Jaramillo, John Schwaninger, Nima Najafi Kianfar, Caterina Bernardini, Marie Ernster, Paige Wilkinson, and Stephanie Blalock

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New Britain
March 28 1876

Dear Friend

It is some time cince I heard from you, why do you not write I should like to here from you very much This leaves me well thank God but I have been sick most all winter my wife1 is sick at presant But the Lord has been good to me in past and I know if I put my trust in him I shall come of more than conker I feel that Christ is very prescious to me I feel that peace and contentiment of mind that I never had before

I have learnd to trust him for all things both spiritual and temperal and I can truly say that he never leaves nor forsakes those tha put trust in him and I know that he is able to save to the uttermost all that will come to him and he gives us joy and peace in this life and the life to come O that all might fell the love of Jesus in their souls We have had several here this past winter and about six Hundred have given their hearts to the Saviour and still there is more to follow.

I supose they are making great prepreration for the exabishtion in Philadelphia I should like to come on there this summer very much to spend a few days and I shall if I can we all send love

write soon

I remain yours
John M Rogers

New Britain

write soon

John (Jack) M. Rogers was a Brooklyn driver with whom Whitman had a loving relationship. Whitman first met him in Brooklyn on September 21, 1870. For more on Rogers and his relationship with the poet, see Charley Shively, ed., Calamus Lovers: Walt Whitman's Working-Class Camerados (San Francisco: Gay Sunshine Press, 1987), 122–135.


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