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Title: Mrs. C. F. Stowe to Walt Whitman, 3 September 1888

Date: September 3, 1888

Whitman Archive ID: loc.03707

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, "Mrs C F Stowe," is in the hand of Walt Whitman.

Contributors to digital file: Jeannette Schollaert, Alex Ashland, Ian Faith, and Stephanie Blalock

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77 West Brookline1
Sept 3 1888

My dear loved Poet

I greet you with open arms and kiss you lovingly and thank you over and over again for every word you have written for me and mine—and for your dear face, which you have given us I like each one—but I like the one with hat off the best of the three as it gives me your full face—and so good I am going to paint you in oil and in pastel and my daughter is going to do a pen and ink sketch

I shall paint the house where you were born and I hope I may have you as you are in your home at Camden—sometime—my daughter is in love with you and desires to see you personally so much should you come to Boston do not fail to visit us none could appreciate you more we should greet you with love and tears we are yours lovingly and may the dear loving Father keep you tenderly while you remain of the earth and "when the mist have blown away may we know each other better"

It will be delightful, no ills, no pain, no mental indigestion—all can digest every word you have written, and prudery and false modesty will be no more thought of, and no one will think harm to look lovingly on all that God has created the nude which is so beautiful—so wonderful wont you come to Boston—soon

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We desire to see you so much do not fail to see us if you should come

Yours lovingly and sincerely
Mrs C. F. Stowe

If you could give me a moment of your precious time I would be pleased to receive a few words that I may know you have received this letter—may you dear one enjoy this beautiful morning—the pure air and bright sunshine and God's love in all—

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1. This letter is addressed: Hon "Walt" Whitman, | Camden | New Jersey. It is postmarked: BOSTON.MASS. | SEP 4 | 4–AM | 1888; Camden | Sep | 5 | [illegible]. [back]


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