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Title: Thomas Jefferson Whitman to Walt Whitman, [19 March 1863]

Date: March 19, 1863

Whitman Archive ID: duk.00310

Source: Trent Collection of Whitmaniana, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University. Transcribed from digital images or a microfilm reproduction of the original item. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Notes for this letter were derived from Dear Brother Walt: The Letters of Thomas Jefferson Whitman, ed. Dennis Berthold and Kenneth M. Price (Kent, OH: Kent State University Press, 1984), and supplemented, updated, or created by Whitman Archive staff as appropriate.

Contributors to digital file: Alex Kinnaman, Elizabeth Lorang, Vanessa Steinroetter, Kathryn Kruger, April Lambert, and Nicole Gray

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I had commenced a letter to you but as it embraced abt what Mammy has said I will not send it just now.1 I will send the paper2 &c to day I guess. I am sorry that you omitted to put in Probasco's3 name in the list of those that sent money, could it be easily corrected. You will hear from me in a day or so.—


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. Jeff wrote this short note at the top of his mother's letter to Walt Whitman dated March 19, 1863[back]

2. See Thomas Jefferson Whitman's letter to Walt Whitman from March 3, 1863[back]

3. Samuel R. Probasco (1833–1910) was an assistant engineer at the Brooklyn Water Works from 1856 to 1868 and principal assistant engineer on the Brooklyn Water Board from 1871 to 1875. [back]


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