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Title: Martha B. H. Williams to Walt Whitman, 21 December 1884

Date: December 21, 1884

Whitman Archive ID: loc.04870

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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Instead1 of waiting until the afternoon can you not come to dinner 2 o'clock Wednesday. I hope you will bring me the picture you promised in the summer. Prepare to stay two or three days we are going to have a jolly time. Your Christmas stocking is ready.

M. B. H. Williams

Martha B. Houston Williams was the wife of playwright and poet Francis Howard Williams, whose home in Germantown, Philadelphia, Whitman often visited, recalling it as "a sort of asylum (like old churches, temples)." (See Horace Traubel, With Walt Whitman in Camden, Tuesday, September 18, 1888.)


1. This letter is addressed: Mr Walt Whitman | No 238 Mickle Street | Camden N.J. It is postmarked: CAMDEN, N.J. | (?) | 22 | (?) AM | 1884 | REC'D.; PHILADEPLPHIA | G | DEC 21 84 | 5 PM [back]


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