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Excerpt from letter from Goldman to Ben Reitman

Excerpt from letter from Goldman to Ben Reitman

A Monthly Magazine Devoted to
Social Science and Literature
210 East 13th Street

New York, Aug 15 1909

Beloved Hobo. My lifes own one. I love you. I love you, oh so desperately. You are light and air, beauty and glory to me. You are my precious Hobo. Dearest, do you know, that creepy slimy, treacherous thing, doubt? Have you ever been seized by it? Has your soul ever suffered its sting, your brain ever experienced its horror beating force? If you have darling mine, then you will understand how it is, that everything...

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Goldman's letters to her lover Ben Reitman were often vivid and passionate. As this excerpt demonstrates, they also often betrayed Goldman's feelings of insecurity and doubt about her relationship with Reitman.

Date / time: 
August 15, 1909

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