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Title: Thomas Jefferson Whitman to Jessie Louisa Whitman, 26 January 1888

Date: January 26, 1888

Whitman Archive ID: mhs.00001

Source: Missouri Historical Society. The transcription presented here is derived from Thomas Jefferson Whitman, Dear Brother Walt: The Letters of Thomas Jefferson Whitman, ed. Dennis Berthold and Kenneth M. Price (Kent, Ohio: Kent State University Press, 1984), 186-187. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Contributors to digital file: Elizabeth Lorang, Kathryn Kruger, and April Lambert

St. Louis, Mo.,
Jan. 26th, 1888

My dear Jessie

My darling girl, I enclose you a check for $50, hoping it will reach you before you leave Burlington1

I got home from Ark yesterday, after a pretty hard time—I had to abandon my Texas trip for the reason that I had some bids here to be opened on Monday  I did not get here till Wednesday—but that was owing to the weather and the Rail Roads  I shall go out to the cemetery on Sunday and leave Sunday night for Texas. I suppose I shall be gone about a week  Mr Smith2 of Leavenworth was at my office on Monday last and came for the express purpose of carrying me off to New York all expenses paid—but of course I could not go—much as I wanted to—No I must make the best of what is wanted now—I presume I shall have lots of time after awhile—

Well my dear girl I wish you would go and do just what gives you the most fun—and I do hope you will make fast friends of the New York and Hartford people—they are good folk to know

I shall write Horace3 that you are at Worthens4 after the 1st for ten days—I think he will call and ask you to go to his place—and if he does I would like to have you go

Nothing new with me—I am feeling fairly well—except I have my old terrible cough—it is pulling me down some—but I shall get out all right when the spring comes

Wish you would go and see Walt as often as you can

Love to all

affectionately Papa


1. Jessie had probably been visiting George and Louisa Whitman at their farmhouse in Burlington, New Jersey. [back]

2. Unidentified. [back]

3. Horace Tarr (see Thomas Jefferson Whitman's letters to Walt Whitman from May 9, 1863, and September 11, 1885). [back]

4. See Thomas Jefferson Whitman's letters to Walt Whitman from December 15, 1863[back]


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