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Title: Walt Whitman to William S. Huntington, 5 November 1870

Date: November 5, 1870

Whitman Archive ID: loc.01709

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.

Editorial note: The annotation, "Walt Whitman," is in an unknown hand.

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Attorney General's Office,

Nov 5

My dear Mr. Huntington:

I write to say I would like to postpone the pleasure of my visit to, & breakfast with, you & Mrs. Huntington till Sunday morning 13th inst.—instead of to-morrow.

—Best respects to Mrs. Huntington.

Walt Whitman

I send the Galaxy with one of my last pieces1—as I am not certain whether I sent it to you at the time.

William S. Huntington (1841–1872) entered the Treasury Department in 1861 and, two years later, was selected by financier Jay Cooke to be cashier of the First National Bank in Washington.


1. Whitman is likely referring to his poem "A Warble for Lilac-Time," which appeared in the Galaxy, 9 (May 1870), 686. [back]


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