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Title: Walt Whitman to Frederick Baker, 24 April 1860

Date: April 24, 1860

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00756

Source: Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 1:51. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Contributors to digital file: Elizabeth Lorang, Vanessa Steinroetter, Blake Bronson-Bartlett, and Alyssa Olson

Sunday night, | April 24.1

Dear Brother,

Mr. Baker,2 In compliance with your request, I execute and return the new and explanatory deed forthwith, depending upon you that it is all right, as I know nothing at all about such things.

I paid Mr. Adams, the Commissioner, one dollar, which you may send me, if you please.

Yours &c

Walt Whitman


1. Endorsed (by Walt Whitman): "Verbatim copy of answer | to Mr. Baker's note." [back]

2. On April 23, 1860, Frederick Baker, attorney at law, 15 Nassau Street, New York City, wrote to Whitman: "The Deed executed to Lazarus Wineburgh in 1854 does not express the consideration money. Wineburgh has recently effected a sale of the property conveyed by that Deed; but objection is made to the title on the ground of such omission" (Charles E. Feinberg Collection). Adams has not been identified. [back]


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