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Walt Whitman to Alfred Pratt, 1 July 1869

Dear Alfred Pratt,1

I am still here in Washington, & work in the same office—My health is good, & there is nothing specially new or important with me since I wrote you last. I have received your letters. Dear boy, I would like to see you, that we might be together once more, even if but for a little while—I have thought I would try to journey out your way,2 for a few days—but it dont seem practicable just at present—

I hope you are well—you must write me a good long letter all about your affairs & yourself—all will be interesting—

I send you my love, & to your parents also3—Tell them I hope yet to meet them—Good bye, dear young man—I too have not forgotten those times when you lay sick in the hospital—& our love for each other—such things are not easily forgotten—Some day I will try to come out there, & we will see each other again.

Walt Whitman

I send you a newspaper with a piece in about me,4 that may interest you. I send it same mail with this.

Good bye, my loving boy5


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