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Title: Walt Whitman to Jessie Louisa Whitman, 23 April 1874

Date: April 23, 1874

Whitman Archive ID: wcu.00005

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431 Stevens st.
cor West.
N. Jersey,
April 23, 1874.

My dear niece,

I received your nice good letter—and also Hattie's1 a week or two before2—& have been very much pleased with them. I want you both to continue. I am not much different in my health—no worse. All the rest here are well. This little cut picture was one I intended to send last Christmas, but it got lost in my papers—so I enclose it now, for fun—

Best love to you, dear child, & to my dear Hattie too, from
Uncle Walt—

I will write to Hattie soon—

Jessie Louisa Whitman (1863–1957) was the second and youngest daughter of Whitman's brother Thomas Jefferson "Jeff" Whitman (1833–1890) and Jeff's wife Martha Mitchell Whitman (1836–1873).


1. Manahatta Whitman (1860–1886), known as "Hattie," was the daughter of Thomas Jefferson ("Jeff") and Martha ("Mattie") Whitman, Walt Whitman's brother and sister-in-law. Hattie and her sister Jessie were both favorites of their uncle Walt. [back]

2. These letters have not been located. [back]


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