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Title: W. J. McAvoy to Walt Whitman, 29 November 1868

Date: November 29, 1868

Whitman Archive ID: loc.03256

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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Nov 29/681

Friend Walter

The last time that I met you in Brookn . I was speaking to you in regard. to my appointment for Sailmaker in U.S. Navy.

And you told me to write to you in washington. and state to you how the thing was.

In 1862. i was recommended by Moses H. Grinnell2 of. N.Y. to the Navy Department. was examined and passed the [Board?]. for Master [Sail?] Maker. and i remain on the [li?] [illegible] to be appointed [for?] Sec of the Navy's office ever [since.?]

as you are in washington i will ask of you a favour of looking after it for me. and see what you can do towards getting it for me For it has been the height of my ambition. to get the position And by getting it. Will put me out of misery. and my mind content any further information Any of the clerks in the Sec of Navy office will give you .. I have writen to the Department severl times in regard to it. no use it wants to be backed up by Some body besides me

hopeing that you will grant me the favour i ask and that you may suceed

I remain,
Yours [in?] Friendship
W. J. McAvoy

Please write and Direct your letter to No 27 Tallman St Brookn N.Y.

As yet we have no information about this correspondent.


1. This letter is addressed: Walter. Whitman. | Washington | D.C. | Attorney Gen Office. It is postmarked: Brooklyn | Nov 29 | N.Y.; Carrier | Nov | 30 | 7 AM. [back]

2. Moses H. Grinnell (1803–1877) was a New York congressman who served for one term between 1839–1841. Grinnell's primary focus was his business career, and he, along with his brothers, owned a shipping company called Grinnell, Minturn & Co. Grinnell also later served as president of the New York Chamber of Commerce and as a Commissioner of New York City's Central Park. [back]


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