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Joseph C. Baldwin to Walt Whitman, 21 September 1877

Dear Walt

I just re[ceived] the money all right.1 many thanks until you are better paid

I am very weak yet but I Have [got] out to sow some Wheat

I Had a very Hot fever last night Im​ in Hopes I will come all right soon. I cant​ write much this time.

I will return your money just as soon as I can,

yours, Jos C. Baldwin


  • 1. Joseph C. Baldwin was a young sharecropper living in Elliottstown, Illinois, who Whitman likely met in Camden in 1873. Baldwin is discussed in Calamus Lovers: Walt Whitman's Working Class Camerados, ed. Charley Shively (San Francisco: Gay Sunshine Press, 1987), 122–135. [back]
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