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Title: Elmer E. Stafford to Walt Whitman, 11 January 1878

Date: January 11, 1878

Whitman Archive ID: loc.03955

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, "letter from Elmer | Jan 11 '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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Jan 11, 1878.

Dear Walt.

I am very sorry that i aint wrote sooner, but it seems to me I aint had time.1 I have received my bible and I think a grate eal of it I think it is very nice indeed.

I am very well and hope you the same I would be very glad to see you. I balieve there is no new news, it is now about 10 o'clock. the weather is cloudy and rainy. I went to haddonfield school a little wile but i have quit and I do not go any more now I am at home

I wanted to go to the city but pop thinks I had better go to haddonfield

I think I will come down next week if i can, I must end my letter so it is good by my Dear Friend.

Elmer E. Stafford

Camden Co.
New Jersey


1. Elmer E. Stafford (1861–1957) was Harry Stafford's cousin (see Daybooks and Notebooks, ed. William White [New York: New York University Press, 1978], 1:76 n232). [back]


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