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Title: William T. Otto to Walt Whitman, 24 January 1865

Date: January 24, 1865

Source: The transcription presented here is derived from Horace Traubel, With Walt Whitman in Camden (New York: Mitchell Kennerley, 1914), 3:471. 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.00220

Contributors to digital file: Elizabeth Lorang, Kathryn Kruger, Vanessa Steinroetter, and Eric Conrad




Department of the Interior,
Washington, D. C.,
January 24, 1865.

Sir:

You are hereby appointed to a Clerkship of the first class—in the Office of Indian Affairs, of this Department—the salary of which is $1200 per annum, to commence when you have subscribed the enclosed oath, and entered upon duty. I am, Sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant


W. T. Otto, Assistant Secretary.1

Walt Whitman, Esq. of New York


Notes:

1. 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. See Otto's December 30, 1864, and O'Connor's December 30, 1864, letter to Whitman. [back]


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