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Title: John W. Wroth to Walt Whitman, 1 January 1891

Date: January 1, 1891

Whitman Archive ID: loc.04509

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.

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New Year's Day 1891

My Dear Mr Whitman

I can not let the New Year go by, without wishing you "A Happy, Happy New Year" and a lot of them I feel sure, that if you could enjoy all the New Years that your friends, would like to see you enjoy—that you would have eternal life— I expect to make a visit to Camden in a few months, and look forward with a good deal of pleasure to calling on you—

Affectionately yours
Jn. W. Wroth

4 W 90 St
New York

John W. ("Johnny") Wroth was the younger son of Mrs. Caroline Wroth, who was the wife of a Philadelphia importer, at whose residence (319 Stevens Street, Camden) Whitman took his meals for a period of time beginning in July 1881. Johnny moved with his mother and his brother James Henry ("Harry") Wroth to Albuquerque, New Mexico, soon after, and Whitman kept in touch with them.


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