Title: Walt Whitman to Louisa Ven Velsor Whitman, 23 March 1866
Date: March 23, 1866
Source: The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 1:272-273. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.
Location: Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection, New York Public Library
Whitman Archive ID: nyp.00203
Contributors to digital file: Elizabeth Lorang, Vanessa Steinroetter, and Alyssa Olson
ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE, Washington,
March 23 1866
I ordered the draft to be paid to you, of course. All you have to do is to go down & present it—they may ask you who you expected money from, & where.
Mr. Lincoln,3 the post master, knows about the letters & money being stolen—the Post office here has conferred with him on the subject.
1. Thomas Jefferson "Jeff" Whitman (1833-1890), Walt's brother. [back]
2. Martha Mitchell Whitman (1836–1873), also known as "Mattie," wife of Whitman's brother Jeff. [back]
3. George B. Lincoln (1817-1890) held the position of Postmaster of Brooklyn between 1861 and 1867. [back]