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Title: Susan Stafford to Walt Whitman, 26 January 1878

Date: January 26, 1878

Whitman Archive ID: loc.03878

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 Mrs Stafford | Jan 26 '78," is in the hand of Walt Whitman.

Contributors to digital file: Alicia Bones, Vince Moran, Eder Jaramillo, Nicole Gray, and Stefan Schöberlein

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Saturday Jan 26 1878

Dear friend

I write again fore you to come down we all want to see you so much.1 George2 is not able to do any thing & he wants you to come to talk to him & Cheer him up we shall send to the Station for you Tuesday 29th besure & come on the 4 pm train

yours with love
S. M. Stafford

[do not disappoint us fore we shall send?] [illegible] you Tuesday


1. Susan M. Lamb Stafford (1833–1910) was the mother of Harry Stafford (1858–1918), who, in 1876, became a close friend of Whitman while working at the printing office of the Camden New Republic. Whitman regularly visited the Staffords at their family farm near Kirkwood, New Jersey. Whitman enjoyed the atmosphere and tranquility that the farm provided and would often stay for weeks at a time (see David G. Miller, "Stafford, George and Susan M.," Walt Whitman: An Encyclopedia, ed. J.R. LeMaster and Donald D. Kummings [New York: Garland Publishing, 1998], 685). [back]

2. George Stafford (1827–1892) was Harry Stafford's father. [back]


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