This letter from Fred Vaughan to Walt Whitman was sent on May 7, 1860.
Dear Walt. —
What the devil is the matter? Nothing serious I hope. —It seems
mighty queer that I cannot succeed in having one word from you. —I swear I would have thought you would be the last man in this world to neglect me. —But I am afraid.
Lizzie is married!, Johnny is dead! Walt has forgotten.
Such is life,Yours, Fred.