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Title: Fred Vaughan to Walt Whitman, 2 May 1862

Date: May 2, 1862

Source: The transcription presented here is derived from Calamus Lovers: Walt Whitman's Working-Class Camerados, ed. Charley Shively (San Francisco: Gay Sunshine Press, 1987), 48. For a detailed description of discrepancies between this electronic edition and the print source, see our statement of editorial policy.

Location: Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00589





Walt,

I1 am to be marri'd tomorrow, Saturday at 3 o'cl at 213 W. 43rd St.—near 8th Ave.

I shall have no show! I have invited no company.—

I want you to be there.—

Do not fail please, as I am very axious you should come.—

Truly yours,
Fred


Notes:

1. Fred Vaughan was a young Irish stage driver with whom Whitman had an intense relationship during the late 1850's. For discussion of Vaughan's relationship with Whitman, see Jonathan Ned Katz, Love Stories: Sex between Men before Homosexuality (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2001), 123–132; Charley Shively, Calamus Lovers: Walt Whitman's Working-Class Camerados (San Francisco: Gay Sunshine Press, 1987), 36–50; Ed Folsom and Kenneth M. Price, Re-Scripting Walt Whitman: An Introduction to His Life and Work, "Chapter 4: Intimate Script and the New American Bible: "Calamus" and the Making of the 1860 Leaves of Grass."  [back]


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