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Title: Walt Whitman to Samuel B. Haskell, 9 September 1863

Date: September 9, 1863

Whitman Archive ID: nyh.00003

Source: New-York 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), 1:146. 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, Tim Jackson, Vanessa Steinroetter, and Alyssa Olson

Sept 9 1863

Dear Sir,1

Your friendly letter acknowledging mine & telling me more of the previous life of Erastus was duly rec'd. Dear boy, death has not blotted out my love for him, the remembrance will be not sad only but sweet. You will either see me or hear of me in Brooklyn at my mother's, Louisa Whitman, Portland avenue, 4th door north of Myrtle, about two miles from Fulton ferry (Myrtle av cars)—

Walt Whitman

I send love to Erastus' mother & brothers & sisters—


1. See Whitman's letters from July 27, 1863 and August 10, 1863[back]


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