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Title: Walt Whitman Storms to Walt Whitman, 1 September 1877

Date: September 1, 1877

Whitman Archive ID: loc.04688

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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Sept. 1st 1877

Mr Whitman
My dear friend

Your letter of May [illegible] from Kirkwood was duly recd but as I dislike writing letters, & have been pretty busy I hope you will pardon my delay.1

I believe I told you in my last letter of my intention to become, if possible, an engineer,

My intention still holds good, but despite all my efforts, I have failed to obtain a [situation?]

I suppose the [trouble?] lies in my not being acquainted with men of that class, so for the present I will have to take things as they come.

I was in N.Y. the first of the week & saw Uncle Geo.—he is working off & on, for Uncle John, & [the?] Ryers.

I hope you will still be able to mak that long expected visit.

If you are able to come this fall I will meet you, in N.Y. at any time

We are all well, & things go on about as usual, with the exception that times seem to get worse & worse.

Your loving friend,
Walt [illegible]


1. Walt Whitman Storms (probably born in 1858; see the letter from Herman Storms to Walt Whitman, 11 January 1865) was the son of George Storms, a New York driver. For more on Whitman's 1870s correspondence with Walt Whitman Storms, see Walt Whitman: The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–77) 2:363, 364, 371, 372; 3:431, 442. [back]


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