Title: William T. Otto to Walt Whitman, 11 May 1865
Date: May 11, 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.00221
Contributors to digital file: Elizabeth Lorang, Kathryn Kruger, Eric Conrad, and Vanessa Steinroetter
Department of the Interior,
Washington, D. C.,
May 11, 1865.
Walt Whitman of New York is hereby promoted to a Clerkship of the Second Class in the Office of Indian Affairs to take effect from and after the first instant.
William T. Otto, Assistant Secretary of the Interior.1
1. William T. Otto was assistant secretary of the interior. Initially, 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. This letter is Whitman's letter of promotion. [back]