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

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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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