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Marie Case to Walt Whitman, [1863–1885]

 loc.01219.003_large.jpg Marie F. Case to Walt Whitman.

Nothing is strange to you you are beyond the wondering age of human growth; therefore I have no fear or shame in saying I wish to see you—not from curiosity—the gods forbid—but from a high yearning to take all things of beauty to myself. I receive this impulse to write you from reading your poems at this house of a friends (Last house in Kent Co. on the right  loc.01219.004_large.jpg  loc.01219.005_large.jpg as you approach DeKalb.) and from learning that I am so near to you materially.

I write to ask you to come this eve. This little friend I am with today knows you—stops to look at you in the street & curses her friends generally when they say anything derogatory of you. She will be happy she says to see you here this eve. All the folks in the country—You will see only this girl—possibly a good boy of 20 & myself

Come or I suffer the penalty of the thought that I've done a foolish thing—

M. F. C.  loc.01219.006_large.jpg  loc.01219.001_large.jpg  loc.01219.002_large.jpg Letter from M. Case

As yet we have no information about this correspondent.

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