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

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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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