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Title: Walt Whitman to Susan Stafford, 6 February [1881]

Date: February 6, 1881

Whitman Archive ID: loc.04047

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.

Notes for this letter were derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller, 6 vols. (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), and supplemented, updated, or created by Whitman Archive staff as appropriate.

Contributors to digital file: Alicia Bones, Nima Najafi Kianfar, Stefan Schoeberlein, and Nicole Gray

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Feb: 6 8 p m

Dear friend

I have had a sick week—two days pretty bad—last Sunday night had a strange chill, rattled me for two hours lively—one or two since but milder—the doctor thinks my system has got all chilled through—havnt been out for a week till this evening, went to the post office—am feeling better to-day, but weak—

How are you all? Was glad to have a call from Debbie & your neice Lizzie—So Lizzie Hider and Wes are to be married soon2—well if it is to come off at all the sooner the better & I hope it will turn out a happy marriage,—should say there was the best reason to expect it to, for both have estimable qualities & I dont see how a woman can help loving the good man she lives with as a wife—Best love to Harry, I got his good letter & will answer it soon—love to George & all


Send me a chicken when you have a chance


1. The envelope for this letter bears the address: Mrs Susan M Stafford | Kirkwood | Glendale | New Jersey. It is postmarked: Ca(?) | Feb | 7 | N.J. [back]

2. Lizzie Hider and Wesley Stafford, Mrs. Stafford's nephew, were married on February 9 by the Reverend J. B. Wescott, according to the Camden Democrat of February 19. [back]


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