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Title: Elmer E. Stafford to Walt Whitman, 18 January 1878

Date: January 18, 1878

Whitman Archive ID: loc.03956

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 Elmer | Jan 18 '78," is in the hand of Walt Whitman.

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

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Jan. 18. 1878

Dear Walt

I have received your letter and very glad to hear from you.1 I am well and hope this letter will find you the same.

Dear Walt, I would like to see you. there is nothing very new, the W is clear & the stars is shining very bright, as you stated in your letter you would like to no Wesleys2 address

Wesley Stafford

Dixie, Polk Co


I would like to come down & stay all night with you I will come down as soon as I can. It is now 4 minutes after 8 oclock I have been hauling wood to day we have been Clearing off the swamp & now are very near don. we are all well. the weather has not been very cold yet but we [illegible] for snow perty soon. I will come down and stay with you some time just as soon as I can if it could be so I would like to be with you all the time. I must end my letter now so it is good by Dear Walt

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]

2. Wesley Stafford was Harry Stafford's cousin. [back]


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