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Walter Whitman Storms to Walt Whitman, 9 August 1875

 loc_gt.00213_large.jpg Walter Storms Aug '75 My Dear Friend

I received a Postal card2 from you yesterday. I wrote to you a long time ago, two letters,3 [torn away] both have been unanswered untill​ now. I was afraid you might be very sick, and unable to write, and so became very anxious about you.

I am glad however that it is not so. I was to New York a couple of weeks ago, and saw Uncle George.4 He is still in the Stand, working for J. & D.J. Ryer. He said he had written to you5  loc_gt.00214_large.jpg also but without an answer. He told me he was afraid something was wrong with you so you see you are not forgotten. I often think of you, and how I would like to come and see you or have you to do the same to me.

However if all goes well untill​ July 4th/76, I expect to come to Philadelphia, to celebrate the Centennial. when​ you write, tell me all you know about the arrangements that have been made, &c. if it is fair weather, tomorrow, (which is  loc_gt.00215_large.jpg very doubtful) our Sunday School, together with Six others is to have a rail road Excursion to Haverstraw, a town about 20 miles north from here.6

We are all enjoying [illegible] good health this Summer and I wish you could pick up again and come out and spend a few weeks with us, and Uncle John,7 who lives only about a mile off. I am very sure we would all be glad to see you come. Remember it is not amongst strangers but as it were your own folks. So take courage [torn away]  loc_gt.00216_large.jpg in your next letter appoint a time when you will come, and then stick to it.

You can ride with in a mile from the house with the cars, where we will meet you with a Horse and carraige​ . write to me soon.

I am as ever, Your loving friend Walt. Whitman Storms

Walt Whitman Storms (probably born in 1858; see the letter from Herman Storms to Walt Whitman, January 11, 1865) was the son of Herman Storms (1822–1898) and the nephew of George Storms (1829–1886), both New York drivers.


  • 1. Probably Storms's spelling of "Pascack," referring to the region of the Pascack Valley and the Pascack River (or Brook) in northern New Jersey, near the border of New York. [back]
  • 2. This postal card has not been located. [back]
  • 3. It is uncertain which letters are referred to here. [back]
  • 4. George Storms (1829–1886) was a New York driver and the uncle of Walt Whitman Storms, with whom Whitman corresponded in the 1870s. [back]
  • 5. This letter has not been located. [back]
  • 6. Haverstraw, New York, is a town about 20 miles north of the Pascack Valley. [back]
  • 7. As yet we have no information about this person. [back]
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