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Title: John M. Rogers to Walt Whitman, 21 February 1878

Date: February 21, 1878

Whitman Archive ID: loc.04083

Source: The Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. The transcription presented here is derived from Calamus Lovers: Walt Whitman's Working Class Camerados, ed. Charley Shively (San Francisco: Gay Sunshine Press, 1987), 131–132. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Contributors to digital file: Alicia Bones, Nima Najafi Kianfar, Eder Jaramillo, and Nicole Gray

Arredondo, Florida
February 21, 1878

Dear Friend,

I receive a postal from you this date address to me at New Britain Conn.1 I am well and so is my Family. My health is better than it has been in some time                I have a little place here and are triing hard to get along. I am raising vedgeables for the New York market                it is the busy season here now                I was glad to hear from you and that you are better                I have thought of you a good many times                I should like to see you and if God spairs our lives I hope to see you once more but God know what is best, if we but look to him he will take care of us and make our griefs and pains easy to bear                I have often thought of what you have had to go through and suffer in your sickness. I wish that you whare that I could see you and comfort you. I have got a find little boy                I have named him after you he is now most four years old will be in June next. I should be happy to hear from you as soon as you get this

write soon, From your affecinate Friend and well wisher,
John M. Rogers.


1. John M. Rogers was a Brooklyn driver. [back]


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