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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


Notes:

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]


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