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Title: Walt Whitman to John Lucas, 13 November [1877]

Date: November 13, 1877

Whitman Archive ID: loc.03253

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.

Notes for this letter were derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller, 6 vols. (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), and supplemented, updated, or created by Whitman Archive staff as appropriate.

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Camden NY
Nov 13

Mr. John Lucas1
Dear Sir

This is to introduce a young man, a friend of mine J Horner Stafford, son of Montgomery Stafford, of Glendale—He has been for some months studying & practicing Telegraphy—& perhaps you could give him something to do—At any rate I take the liberty of introducing him to you, to talk it over. He is a young man of intelligence & first class integrity.

Walt Whitman

I want to come down before long, & make you a call or short visit, & see your works.2


1. John Lucas was a manufacturer of paint with a store at 1028 Race Street in Philadelphia. The family had a zinc and color works near Kirkwood; see Proceedings of the New Jersey Historical Society, 66 (October 1948), 148. [back]

2. A series of numbers is jotted down on the back of this page. [back]


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