Title: George Washington Whitman to Walt Whitman, 6 September 1871
Date: September 6, 1871
Source: The transcription presented here is derived from George Washington Whitman, Civil War Letters of George Washington Whitman, ed. Jerome M. Loving (Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press, 1975), 161. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.
Location: Walt Whitman Collection, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, The University of Texas at Austin
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00487
Contributors to digital file: Elizabeth Lorang, Kathryn Kruger, and April Lambert
Sept 6th 18711
I see by this morning's paper, that Starr & Co. has taken the contract for the 36 in pipes for Washington & I am thinking of trying to get the inspecting of them. Genl Greene2 I understand is appointed Chief Eng'r of the Dept. of Public Wks, but Major Elliot3 has the immediate charge of Water Dept.
Do you know Maj. Elliot and if so can you find out from him if he has any particular person that he wants to inspect the pipes. I would like to find out if it would be of any use for me to go to Washington & see him in regard to the matter. I do not care to go unless I have a good show for the work. I could refer him to Mr Kirkwood,4 Genl Greene, Mr Lane,5 Col Adams,6 Mr. Tracy, Davis &C.7 Walt cant you stop here on your return to Washington, if you could only bring Mother we would be delighted.8
1. At the time of this letter, George Whitman had been living in Camden, New Jersey, for three years, where he worked as an inspector of pipes for the city. In April of this year, he had married Louisa Orr Haslam. [back]