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Title: Walt Whitman to Frederick Baker, 24 April 1860

Date: April 24, 1860

Source: The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 1:51. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, 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.00756

Contributors to digital file: Elizabeth Lorang, Vanessa Steinroetter, Blake Bronson-Bartlett, and Alyssa Olson

Sunday night, | April 24.1

Dear Brother,

Mr. Baker,2 In compliance with your request, I execute and return the new and explanatory deed forthwith, depending upon you that it is all right, as I know nothing at all about such things.

I paid Mr. Adams, the Commissioner, one dollar, which you may send me, if you please.

Yours &c

Walt Whitman


1. Endorsed (by Walt Whitman): "Verbatim copy of answer | to Mr. Baker's note." [back]

2. On April 23, 1860, Frederick Baker, attorney at law, 15 Nassau Street, New York City, wrote to Whitman: "The Deed executed to Lazarus Wineburgh in 1854 does not express the consideration money. Wineburgh has recently effected a sale of the property conveyed by that Deed; but objection is made to the title on the ground of such omission" (Charles E. Feinberg Collection). Adams has not been identified. [back]


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