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Carrie E. Wroth to Walt Whitman, 12 February 1890

 loc_vm.02471.jpg My dear Mr Whitman

You will, no doubt be surprised, when you see the signature to this letter, but. I have often been tempted to write you—to thank you for your kindness in writing to my boy2—far away in the Sierra Madre mountains—and  loc_vm.02472.jpg always gladly welcoming any letters from his old home—and, especially from you—who have so many correspondents—and have also suffered from extreme indisposition, he has appreciated particularly your thought of him—& been much pleased—& his mother also shares with him the same feeling—

I have once or twice learned, thro' the papers, of your ill health—with much regret and, we are always interested when we see your  loc_vm.02473.jpg name—in print—

I received a letter from John today—in which he mentions having heard from you & that he had received a card also—he has had an attack of Pneumonia—his first sickness since he has been out there—and, is much weakened by it—and. I realise how very far away he is—and feel anxious about him—

I will not trespass further on your time but hope you are  loc_vm.02474.jpg regaining your strength and much improved—Alice3 unites with me in very kind remembrances—

Yours very truly Carrie E. Wroth  loc_vm.02475.jpg Carrie E Wroth  loc_vm.02476.jpg

Caroline "Carrie" Ellsworth Wright Wroth (1831–1909) of Philadelphia was the daughter of John Wright and Harriet Patterson Wright. She was the wife of the produce dealer and businessman James W. Wroth (ca.1815–1881) of Maryland. The Wroths had three children James H. ("Harry"), Alice, and John ("Johnny") Wroth. Whitman tooks his meals at the Wroths' residence (319 Stevens Street, Camden) for a period of time beginning in July 1881. Later, the Wroths moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Whitman kept in touch with them. When Carrie Wroth wrote this letter, she and her daughter were living in Maryland.


  • 1. This letter is addressed: Walt Whitman | Mickle St | Camden | New Jersey. It is postmarked: Perryville | Feb | 13 | 1890 | MD; [illegible]. [back]
  • 2. John Wright Wroth (1869–1901) was the younger son of James W. and Carrie E. Wroth. He had written to Whitman on December 18, 1889 from Chihauhau, Mexico. An envelope in Whitman's hand bears this address suggesting that Whitman had written to Wroth, but the letter does not seem to survive. [back]
  • 3. Alice Ellsworth Wroth (b. 1864) was Carrie's daughter. [back]
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