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John M. Rogers to Walt Whitman, 28 March 1876

 loc.01875.005_large.jpg Ans June 30. '76 John Rogers New Britain Dear Friend

It is some time cince​ I heard from you, why do you not write I should like to here​ from you very much This leaves me well thank God but I have been sick most all winter my wife1 is sick at presant​ But the Lord has been good to me in past and I know if I put my trust in him I shall come of​ more than conker  loc.01875.006_large.jpg I feel that Christ is very prescious​ to me I feel that peace and contentiment​ of mind that I never had before

I have learnd​ to trust him for all things both spiritual and temperal​ and I can truly say that he never leaves nor forsakes those tha​ put trust in him and I know that he is able to save to the uttermost all that will come to him and he gives us joy and peace in this life and the life to come O that all might fell​ the love of Jesus in their souls We have had several here this past winter and about six Hundred have  loc.01875.007_large.jpg given their hearts to the Saviour and still there is more to follow.

I supose​ they are making great prepreration​ for the exabishtion​ in Philadelphia I should like to come on there this summer very much to spend a few days and I shall if I can we all send love

write soon

I remain yours John M Rogers New Britain Conn

write soon


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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