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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 Herman Storms and the nephew of George Storms, both New York drivers. 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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