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Title: Van Doran Stafford to Walt Whitman, 28 May 1882

Date: May 28, 1882

Whitman Archive ID: loc.04258

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, "[fro]m Van Stafford New York May 29 '82," is in the hand of Walt Whitman.

Contributors to digital file: Stefan Schöberlein, Nima Najafi Kianfar, Eder Jaramillo, and Nicole Gray

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New York
May 28th, 1882

Dear Walt

I thought I would write a few lines to let you know how I am a getting along & how I like the Steam Boat. I like it middling well but cant tell much about it yet. We expect to take a trip to New Berg on Tuesday next. Perhaps I can tell you more about it after we start.

(I have had a verry good time Uncle Vandoran and I is getting ready to go out to Central Park this after noon for tomorrow we have got to go to work and wont be apt to get anether chance to go soon. I have received to letters from home. they say they are all well & Ruth says she will have a situation for me when i get home to scrub and wash dishes when she rote to me she wanted to know if I had to scrub.

I have rode all around New York on the elevated Rail Way & have seen grand times. We dont know weather the Boat will run up to long Branch or not they will try at new burg firs & if it pay they will continue on all Summer. You must come on to New York this summer and take a trip with us, that is if I stay here. You must excuse m writing & spelling for I am in a hurry to get off to the park.

Write Soon and let me know how you are

I will try & write a little more abou thing next time

I write & send my love to you, hopeing to herr from you Soon,


439 East 23rd st
Steamer (Plymoth) Rock
New York

From your friend.


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