Title: H. N. Whitman to Walt Whitman, 20 November 1883
Date: November 20, 1883
Editorial note: The annotation, "(ans'd Nov 27 '83," is in the hand of Walt Whitman.
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Location: The Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.04620
Contributors to digital file: Alicia Meyer, Stefan Schoeberlein, Kirsten Clawson, and Nicole Gray
Nov 20th 1883.
your copy of Poems is at hand in good condition, with your Note of the 15th Inst.
In complyance I enclose and mail to your addres a Post order for three dollars.
Now Sir; as I have purchased a copy of your Poems, will you please inform me by return mail how far you can trace back your genealogy. I have a pamphlet which goes back eight generations to the first Whitman that came from England to America.
Mr [Farnam?] of New Haven is now getting up a more general and complete [one?]
I had an Uncle John (a [illegible]) who lived in New York. (Levi and Elinor) who lived in Massachusetts, and Josiah, who died in Michigan over 90 years old, leaving several sons.
When I hear of one bearing the name it is always gratifying to me to know which branch they descended from.
H. N. Whitman