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Title: Milford C. Reed to Walt Whitman, 1 June 1889

Date: June 1, 1889

Whitman Archive ID: loc.03559

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, "from an old cavalry soldier," is in the hand of Walt Whitman.

Contributors to digital file: Stephanie Blalock, Breanna Himschoot, and Alex Ashland



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A. D. HANNAH, Vice Pres. DAVID HOGG, Pres.
HANNAH AND HOGG,
(Incorporated)
Wholesale Liquors and Cigars
Office:
222 and 224 SOUTH CLARK STREET.
Stores.
146 MADISON STREET.
88 LA SALLE STREET.
222 & 224 CLARK STREET.
188 W. MADISON STREET.
73 S. HALSTED STREET.
83 MADISON STREET.
151 RANDOLPH STREET.
112 MONROE STREET.
161 W. MADISON STREET.1
Chicago,
June 1st
18892

My Dear Old Friend

The enclosed I clipped from the Inter Ocean today, and as this is my 48th birthday, I am prompted by old recolections to write you a few lines congratulating you on your 70th birthday. I hope you will long and prosper. This brings me back to 27 years ago when I used to see your sturdy form and kindly face in Washington. I dont know that you will remember me but I think you will. Do you remember the young man of the 5th US Cavalary who you used to visit in Armory Square Hospital and the many times you used to take me into a Restaurant and give me a good square meal. I suppose you done that to so many you would hardly remember me by that. for all Soldiers know to you looked upon you as their friend, for you ever wore your heart on your sleeve to Old Soldier boys. You used to call me Cody then. I well rember the last time I saw you it was in in the street in New York you had a little girl with you at the time, and readily recognised me. Well I have not changed so very much only of course somewhat older. hair sprinkled somewhat with gray. your hair cannot be much more white than it was in the long ago. I hope you are in good health and may continue so to a good round old age. for you deserve it well and you also deserve well of your country. for you were ever a friend of the Soldier and of your country. 27 years and what history for the US has been written in that time. For the years gone by I have often passed through Camden, and had I have known it was your home I should surely have stopped to see you, that I might once more have crasped you by the hand and looked into that kindly face and fought over our battles (once again) in Washington. I would like very much to hear from you. should you remember me and have the leisure and should I in the future be near Camden. I will certainly do myself the pleasure of calling on you.

Bleive me
Yours Sincerly
MC Reed

222 So Clark st
Chicago Ill


Correspondent:
Milford C. Reed (1844–1894), also known as Cody M. Reed, was born in New York and moved to Michigan, eventually enlisting in the Company K of the Third Michigan Infantry. He transferred to the U.S. cavalry and served for 19 months from November 1862 until June 1864 in Company F of the Fifth Cavalry. He then served in the First New York Light Artillery in 1864-1865. He had written to Whitman on May 26, 1865 to ask him for help with a watch he had pawned. For more on Reed see Steve Soper, Men of the 3rd Michigan Infantry, "Cody M. Reed," oldthirdmichigan.org.

Notes:

1. This letterhead is on all three pages of stationary. [back]

2. Whitman sent this letter as an enclosure in his June [8]–9 1889, letter to Canadian physician Richard Maurice Bucke. [back]


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