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Susan Stafford to Walt Whitman, 31 January 1877

 loc_jc.00475_large.jpg Dear friend

we recieved​ your wellcome​ Letter last evenigng​ & was glad to hear from you & to know that you are well & happy with your friends in the City.1 we are all well as usual I have just returned home from Red Bank where I w[damage]illed to se​ of my Dear Mother who is at this time to all appearences​ near Death to day​ when I left her I felt that it would be the last time that I should se​ her alive. Dear frend​ you can judge of my feelings better than I cndiscribe​ them. we shall look fore​ you down with us Teusday​ but please do not think of  loc_jc.00476_large.jpg  loc_jc.00477_large.jpg going back in one day I shoul​ not get go to se​ you at all

surely you can give us more Than one day from your friends I know they can make you more comefortable​ than we can but they do not care fore​ you more than we [damage]tions

ever your friend S M. Stafford  loc_jc.00478_large.jpg


  • 1. Susan M. Lamb Stafford (1833–1910) was the mother of Harry Stafford (1858–1918), who, in 1876, became a close friend of Whitman while working at the printing office of the Camden New Republic. Whitman regularly visited the Staffords at their family farm near Kirkwood, New Jersey. Whitman enjoyed the atmosphere and tranquility that the farm provided and would often stay for weeks at a time (see David G. Miller, "Stafford, George and Susan M.," Walt Whitman: An Encyclopedia, ed. J.R. LeMaster and Donald D. Kummings [New York: Garland Publishing, 1998], 685). [back]
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