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John M. Rogers to Walt Whitman, 11 April 1875

 loc.01871.005_large.jpg Dear Friend and Sir

As I have just came acrost​ one of your letter I thought I would write you a few Lines just to let you know that I have not for goting​ you I am enjoying good health as well as my Family. Cince​ I last saw you I was Married I have been Married two years to day I have got  loc.01871.006_large.jpg a little boy ten months old1 on the 18 of this month and I named him after you so you see I have not for goting​ you How is the times in Washington it has been hard times here but I have got through the winter allright​ . We have had very cold weather here it has been the coldest winter I ever experance​ . Work is very dull here now I am not doing much at preasant​ how do you get alon​ out there. I have been away from Brooklyn Two Years next fowl​ I was throwed​ out of work in New York with  loc.01871.007_large.jpg about two Hundred others ten days before the Panic from the American Bank, Note, Co and did not do any thing till January 20th I came to New Britain Conn​ and I have been here cince​ I do not like it here I had rather be in the City some where how is Buisness​ there if you come on this way I should like to have you come and see me if you can not stay more than one day but I would like to have you make me a good visit I have got a fine boy I can till​ you he is as prety​ as a picture we all send  loc.01871.008_large.jpg Love I hope you will forgive me for not writing before this

from your Affectinate​ Friend &c. John M Rogers Address John M Rogers New Brittain​ Conn John M. Rogers, New Britain Conn April, '75 (ans. & sent paper)

John (Jack) M. Rogers was a Brooklyn driver with whom Whitman had a loving relationship. Whitman first met him in Brooklyn on September 21, 1870. For more on Rogers and his relationship with the poet, see Charley Shively, ed., Calamus Lovers: Walt Whitman's Working-Class Camerados (San Francisco: Gay Sunshine Press, 1987), 122–135.


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