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Title: Walt Whitman to Byron Sutherland, 2 September 1873

Date: September 2, 1873

Whitman Archive ID: mnh.00001

Source: Minnesota Historical Society. The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 2:238. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Contributors to digital file: Kenneth M. Price, Elizabeth Lorang, Kathryn Kruger, Zachary King, and Eric Conrad

Sept. 2, 1873.

Dear soldier boy,1

I have been very sick for many months—& am still unable to work or go round—But think I shall recover yet. I send you a paper same mail with this, containing a little piece that describes my case. I rec'd your letter of last June—have not only been sick, but in much trouble & affliction all summer—& I now write at a venture to see whether you are in Warren—& if so you must write to me at once. I have not forgotten you, my loving soldier boy, & never shall.

Walt Whitman

322 Stevens st.
N. Jersey


1. Whitman began his correspondence with soldier Byron Sutherland on August 26, 1865, and had last written to Sutherland on April 4, 1870[back]


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