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Title: Mrs. Walter Bownes to Walt Whitman, 7 June [1876?]

Date: June 7, 1876

Whitman Archive ID: loc.05964

Source: Photocopy held in 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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June 71

Mr Walter Whitman

Dear Friend no doubt you will be surprised to get a letter from here but as I am a relative of yours and daughter of Elizabeth Burroughs nee Wheeler, I guess you will pardon the liberty my mother being nearly through her journey and feeling as if she would like to hear from you [dearest?] asked me to write you and trying to please her on everything while with us for a little longer. she would like to know about your sisters—and brothers if alive and where they are. also about anything in the family and hoping you will be spared many long years [illegible]fullnes and it would afford us the greatest pleasure if you would come and make us a visit you when in Woodside some. [illegible] by sending love of the united family My Brother John Burroughs called to see you some time ago in in Camden

Yours in [respect?]
Mrs Walter Bownes

Woodside LI


1. Ted Genoways dated this letter 1879 (see Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Ted Genoways [Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2004], 7:145). It seems more likely based on the content, however, that this letter came before the letter from Sarah [Bownes?] to Whitman of April 6, 1877[back]


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