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Letter to Louisa Velsor Whitman, July 2, 1966

Whitman, Walt. "Letter to Louisa Velsor Whitman, July 2, 1966." Walt Whitman: The Correspondence. Ed. Edwim Haviland Miller. New York: New York University Press, 1961. 280-281.
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Whitman writes from the Attorney General’s Office in Washington to his mother in Brooklyn. He encloses some small bills with the purpose of purchasing candy for his nephews and sister.

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183. To Louisa Van Velsor Whitman


Washington, July 2, 1866.

Dearest mother,
I got your letter of last Thursday-I wrote to Han two or three
days ago-poor Mrs. Mix is very bad-she has her old complaint neuralgia-she suffers

very much indeed-it makes me almost sick, some
spells she has, the agony is terrible, & her screams are heartrending-
fortunately her nights are comparatively easy-it is doubtful if she recovers-
We are having delightful weather-just right-I went to the Post
Hospital yesterday, Sunday, & who do you think was one of the first
persons I found there-Jo. Velsor, poor fellow, he has had jaundice
pretty bad, but is now getting very near well-so he goes out & around-
he expects to go to work again in a day or two-he has work in the
Quartermasters Dept. driving an ambulance-
Mother, I suppose you got the letter Saturday last with the envelopes-
I hope you have as pleasant weather in Brooklyn as we have had he=
for a week past, & now-
It is generally expected Congress will adjourn the last ofthis month, & then

there will be some high old times in politics & the Departments-most of us think that

A[ndrew] J[ohnson] is only waiting for that, to lay around him & kick up his heels at

a greatrate. Well, we shall see what comes to pass-but I guess the Republicans are

just every bit as ferocious as he is-they won't back down an inch-
Mother, the small bills I send you, you might distribute, (or get some
fire crackers or something,) for Ed, & Jimmy & George-not forgetting
Hat & sis-


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