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Jane Stansberry to Walt Whitman, 15 July 1874

 duk_am.00023_large.jpg Mrs. Jane Stansberry July. 1874. Mr Walt Whitman

Dear Friend It is with Pleashure​ I take the oppertunity​ of writing you a letter As my Husband1 became Acquainted with you In Washington. And He Has took So much time And pleashure​ In telling me of you. And How kind you were to Him that you Seem to me Almost Like a brother. And I Have often thought of writing to you. William Received Some papers From you yesterday Which we All take great pleashure​ In Reading And, Aspecialy​ those Poems you Have written. they Are Splendid. their​ is a Preaspeterian​ Minister Liveing​ with  duk_am.00024_large.jpg my Sister who takes great Delight In Reading those Papers His Home Is In Philadelphia His Name is David Myrdock2

Well you Said you would Like to visit Howard Lake. I wished you would for I do believe you would get your Health Hear​ We would Be Happy to Have you Visit us, But we are Poor.

We have found out what the Privatians​ of life is Since we came west we Came Here For williams​ Health He was very Healthy Before he went to the Army. they Sent him home From Washington withe​ the fever He Meet​ his Brother In one mild of Home He Passed By him as He would a Stranger He did Not know Him He Has Never Received Nothing From the government. I think He Aught​ to Have a pentian​ .. I thought I would Ask your Advice  duk_am.00025_large.jpg And Asistence​ In trying For A pentian​ .. I will Send you His Discharge you will Please give me your Advice. tell me if you think He can get a pentian​ And How to get it.......... &c.. We are Ecpecting​ a letter From you their​ Has been two Letters written to you Since we Received Any Answer one was sent the first of June & one Since3

I see In the papers you Sent, Reports From Camden of the, 4, day of July their​ was a Sabath​ School Picknic​ Here. My Mother & Father was their​ My Mother Is very old I dont​ Suppose She will Be with us on the 4 day of July In the Comeing​ year

Well I hope you will get your Health Better, you Will Please Excuse this

My Best Wishes to you From your Comrades​ Wife Jane Stansbery​

Please write Soon  duk_am.00026_large.jpg Jane Stansbery​ Howard, Lake Wright Co. Minn Please write Soon

Jane Stansberry was the wife of William Stansberry, a former soldier whom Whitman had met in Armory Square Hospital.


  • 1. "After the lapse of over 8 years," William Stansberry, a former soldier whom Whitman had met in Armory Square Hospital, wrote on December 9, 1873, from Howard Lake, Minn., and recalled "the Blackbery [Jam?] you gave me & all the kindness which you shown." After Whitman replied on April 27, 1874 (lost), Stansberry wrote again on May 12, 1874, about the hospital visits. On June 28, 1874, he thanked Whitman for his letter and "22 News Pappers​ ." Evidently in reply to another lost letter from Whitman, Stansberry asked on July 21, 1875, for "the Lone of 65$" in order to return to West Virginia, where he expected to find witnesses to support his application for a pension. This was evidently the last letter in the correspondence. See also The Complete Writings of Walt Whitman [New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1902], 10 vols., 4:134. [back]
  • 2. As yet we have no information about this person. [back]
  • 3. These letters have not been located. [back]
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