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Title: Walt Whitman to John P. Usher, Jr., 14 January 1880

Date: January 14, 1880

Whitman Archive ID: med.00635

Source: The location of the original manuscript is unknown. Miller's transcription is derived from American Literature, 9 (1937–38), 243. The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1964), 3:173. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Contributors to digital file: Alicia Bones, Grace Thomas, Eder Jaramillo, Kevin McMullen, and Nicole Gray

431 Stevens Street
Camden, New Jersey
Jan 14 '80

After I left you1 I went to Colorado, & there & in Missouri have spent the time since—came back here about a week ago—I sent you a little Volume—also two little pictures—You take the one you prefer & give the other to Linton—Send me word if they come safe. I am all right in health.

Walt Whitman


1. John P. Usher, Jr., was the son of Judge Usher, with whom Whitman had stayed at Lawrence, Kansas (see the letter from Walt Whitman to Louisa Whitman of September 12–13, 1879). On the same day he sent to the son a copy of Memoranda During the War and two photographs, one of which was intended for Linton J. Usher, probably the brother of Judge Usher (Whitman's Commonplace Book, Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.). [back]


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