Title: William T. Otto to Walt Whitman, 12 January 1865
Date: January 12, 1865
Source: The transcription presented here is derived from Horace Traubel, With Walt Whitman in Camden (New York: Mitchell Kennerley, 1914), 3:470-71. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.
Location: Oscar Lion Papers, 1914–1955, New York Public Library, New York, N.Y
Whitman Archive ID: nyp.00219
Contributors to digital file: Elizabeth Lorang, Kathryn Kruger, and Vanessa Steinroetter
Department of the Interior,
January 12, 1865.
Upon reporting at this Department and passing a satisfactory examination you will be appointed to a First Class Clerkship at a compensation of twelve hundred dollars per annum.1 I am, Sir, very respectfully, your obt servant
W. T. Otto, Assistant Secretary.2
Walt Whitman, Esq. Brooklyn, N. Y.
2. William T. Otto (1816–1905) was Assistant Secretary of the Interior. William D. O'Connor had arranged an interview for Whitman with Otto for a clerk position in the Bureau of Indian Affairs. [back]