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John M. Rogers to Walt Whitman, 24 July 1875

 loc.01874.007_large.jpg Dear Friend and Father

I received your letter2 last Eve​ and was glad to hear from you but I am sory​ to hear that you have sick so long I have been sick with the Chills & Fever I have had wine to day my wife and Child3 have gone home on a visit to her house at Norwalk Conn​ have been gone cinse​ the 20th of June so I am  loc.01874.008_large.jpg alone I am at the same employment yet I have plenty of work but the pay is small My boy was not very well before he went away he has been better cine​ they have been there they are near the Salt water my wife is well [deletion] the young Lady you met with me at the Cor​ of Fulton and Cart Sts​ that is my wife. Last wensday​ I went to Hartford to the reunion of the ConnVetrans​ and spent two days I met a good many of my old camrads​ we had a good time there wa​ asembled​ about Four thousands at  loc.01874.009_large.jpg charter Oak Park near Hartford. I have grown thin cince​ you last saw me I do not weigh so much in [illegible] 125 lbs I have worked very hard this sumer​ and I do not think it agrees so well with me heree​ as it does near the salt water and I shall not stay here any longer than I can help so good by​ for this time

I remain yours &c John M. Rogers  loc.01874.010_large.jpg  loc.01874.011_large.jpg John Rogers July 24 '75  loc.01874.012_large.jpg

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.


  • 1. This letter is addressed: Walt Whitman | No 431 Stevens St | Cor West | Camden | New Jersey. It is postmarked: New Britain | Jul 24 | Conn. [back]
  • 2. This letter has not been located. [back]
  • 3. As yet we have no information about these people. [back]
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