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Title: Walt Whitman to Louisa Van Velsor Whitman, [9 March 1873]

Date: March 9, 1873

Whitman Archive ID: nyp.00314

Source: The Oscar Lion Papers, New York Public Library. The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 2:204–205. 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, Kathryn Kruger, Zachary King, and Eric Conrad

Sunday afternoon
5 o'clock.1

Dearest mother,

I will not write much to-day, as I have just come in from being out over two hours, & I feel quite tired. I cannot walk any to speak of, but I have been out taking a ride in the cars, and sitting in the parks a little while. Peter Doyle has been with me. It is as pleasant and warm as summer here to-day. I have not rec'd any letters for the last two days— I suppose you got my letter Saturday—I have been out more to-day than any day yet, as it has been so warm & fine—Love to you, mama dear, & to all—


Mother, write me what envelopes you would like to have me direct, & enclose you— I have not been over to the office yet, except that one time ten or twelve days ago.


1. One of the executors marked this letter "[9 March '73]," which seems a plausible assignment. [back]


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