Title: Walt Whitman to Thomas Jefferson Whitman, 13 June 1887
Date: June 13, 1887
Source: The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Ted Genoways (Iowa City, Iowa: University of Iowa Press, 2004), 7:88–89. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.
Location: Private collection of Dr. Kendall Reed.
Whitman Archive ID: prc.00121
Contributors to digital file: Ryan Furlong, Stefan Schöberlein, Caterina Bernardini, and Stephanie Blalock
June 13 '87
Am pretty well to-day (after being under the weather the past week)—Nothing new in my affairs—I am getting along comfortably—Shall soon send tear of a new piece of mine in a magazine.2 There is a Boston scheme afoot to get me a little house in the country or sea shore.3
Thomas Jefferson Whitman (1833–1890), known as "Jeff," was Walt Whitman's favorite brother. As a civil engineer, Jeff eventually became Superintendent of Water Works in St. Louis and a nationally recognized figure. For more on Jeff, see Randall Waldron, "Whitman, Thomas Jefferson (1833–1890)."
1. This letter is addressed: Thos: J Whitman | 2437 2d Carondelet Av: | St. Louis Missouri. It is postmarked: Camden, N.J. | June | 8 PM | 87. [back]
3. Boston friends were raising money to buy a summer cottage they hoped would improve Whitman's failing health. Whitman eventually used the money to build his extravagant mausoleum in Harleigh Cemetery—to the shock and dismay of those who had worked hardest to solicit money. [back]