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Title: Walter Whitman Storms to Walt Whitman, 9 August 1875

Date: August 9, 1875

Whitman Archive ID: loc.01950

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 note: The annotation, "Walter Storms Aug '75," is in the hand of Walt Whitman.

Contributors to digital file: Alex Kinnaman, Elizabeth Lorang, John Schwaninger, Ashley Lawson, Anthony Dreesen, Caterina Bernardini, Marie Ernster, Amanda J. Axley, and Stephanie Blalock

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Aug. 9/75

My Dear Friend

I received a Postal card2 from you yesterday. I wrote to you a long time ago, two letters,3 [illegible] both have been unanswered untill now. I was afraid you might be very sick, and unable to write, and so became very anxious about you.

I am glad however that it is not so. I was to New York a couple of weeks ago, and saw Uncle George.4 He is still in the Stand, working for J. & D.J. Ryer. He said he had written to you5 also but without an answer. He told me he was afraid something was wrong with you so you see you are not forgotten. I often think of you, and how I would like to come and see you or have you to do the same to me.

However if all goes well untill July 4th/76, I expect to come to Philadelphia, to celebrate the Centennial. when you write, tell me all you know about the arrangements that have been made, &c. if it is fair weather, tomorrow, (which is very doubtful) our Sunday School, together with Six others is to have a rail road Excursion to Haverstraw, a town about 20 miles north from here.6

We are all enjoying [illegible] good health this Summer and I wish you could pick up again and come out and spend a few weeks with us, and Uncle John,7 who lives only about a mile off. I am very sure we would all be glad to see you come. Remember it is not amongst strangers but as it [were?] your own folks. So take courage [illegible] in your next letter appoint a time when you will come, and then stick to it.

You can ride with in a mile from the house with the cars, where we will meet you with a Horse and carraige. write to me soon.

I am as ever,
Your loving friend
Walt. Whitman Storms

Walt Whitman Storms (probably born in 1858; see the letter from Herman Storms to Walt Whitman, January 11, 1865) was the son of Herman Storms (1822–1898) and the nephew of George Storms (1829–1886), both New York drivers.


1. Probably Storms's spelling of "Pascack," referring to the region of the Pascack Valley and the Pascack River (or Brook) in northern New Jersey, near the border of New York. [back]

2. This postal card has not been located. [back]

3. It is uncertain which letters are referred to here. [back]

4. George Storms (1829–1886) was a New York driver and the uncle of Walt Whitman Storms, with whom Whitman corresponded in the 1870s.  [back]

5. This letter has not been located. [back]

6. Haverstraw, New York, is a town about 20 miles north of the Pascack Valley. [back]

7. As yet we have no information about this person. [back]


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