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Title: Werner Bruns to Walt Whitman, 1 October 1891

Date: October 1, 1891

Whitman Archive ID: loc.01100

Source: The Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. 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.

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S. E. Cor. Greenwich Street.
137 Ocean Ave., Jersey City.
New York,
Oct 1. 1891

Hon. Walt. Whitman
Camden, New Jersey.
Dear Sir,

Will you have the kindness to inform me, whether you are interested in any land at or near a place called Breslau in the town of Babylon formerly in the town of Huntington, Suffolk County Long Island, New York? if so, whether you are the only and absolute owner, and whether the same can be purchased, and at what price? If you will kindly oblige me with an answer you will greatly oblige

Yours very respectfully
Werner Bruns.

Werner Bruns (1856–1897) was a politician and lawyer from New York. According to Bruns's death certificate, his parents were born in Germany. In 1878, he married Anastasia "Anna" Kirby (1857–unknown), and the couple had six children. Bruns represented New York County's Fifteenth District in the New York State Assembly for the 1886 term (see Record of Assemblymen and Senators from the City of New York in the Legislature of 1886 by the City Reform Club [New York: Burgoyne's "Quick" Print], 37–39). Bruns also seems to have been president of at least two insurance companies, including the Columbian League (see Documents of the Assembly of the State of New York, [Albany: The Troy Press Company, 1889], 246–247) and The Income and Life Association of America (see Our Society Journal [March 1890], 16). He died at his home at 275 Milford Street in Brooklyn and is buried in Calvary cemetery.


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