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Title: John Swinton to Walt Whitman, 5 February 1865

Date: February 5, 1865

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

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00870

Contributors to digital file: Elizabeth Lorang, Vanessa Steinroetter, Eric Conrad, Heidi Bean, and Elise Cook



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Feb. 5
New York

My dear Walt—

I most cheerfully write the note you request to Gen. Grant, though I do not know that it will be of any service. I enclose it to you, for the reason that in the new aspect of the Exchange question you may not think it worth mailing. Since your letter was written, the statement has been published (and you have doubtless seen it) that Grant has made the arrangements for a general exchange which is to be begun immediately, and carried on with all possible promptitude. It may be, and I trust will be, that under these circumstances your brother will be at once exchanged in the general mode. However, I leave this for you to decide by what you may have heard when you get this. Hoping you are now in health and that your lost brother may soon be restored to you and his mother

I remain yours
J. Swinton


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