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Title: J. E. Reinhalter of P. Reinhalter & Company to Walt Whitman, 27 October 1891

Date: October 27, 1891

Whitman Archive ID: loc.03306

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.

Contributors to digital file: Cristin Noonan, Amanda J. Axley, Alex Ashland, and Stephanie Blalock



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P. REINHALTER & CO.
GRANITE MONUMENTS
VAULTS AND STATUARY WORK.
WORKS AT WEST QUINCY, MASS.
OFFICE
18 SOUTH BROAD STREET.
Philadelphia, Pa.
October 27 1891

Walt. Whitman Esq.
Camden

N.J
My dear Sir

As all has been completed about the vault and all works first class in every respect I will call upon you tomorrow ab't 11.30 a.m. and leave a key with you also will bring all the particulars of its constructing &c. wich you have asked me for at my last visit to your house, hoping this letter will reach you enjoying good health I remain

yours as ever
J. E. Reinhalter


Correspondent:
Little is known about the Reinhalter Brothers—likely Joseph E. and Peter Reinhalter, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania—beyond their work in designing and constructing granite monuments. Their company, known as P. Reinhalter & Co. of Philadelphia, built Whitman's tomb—an elaborate granite tomb of the poet's design—in Harleigh Cemetery in Camden, New Jersey. The tomb cost $4,000. Whitman covered a portion of these costs with money that his Boston friends had raised so that the poet could purchase a summer cottage; the remaining balance was paid by Whitman's literary executor, Thomas Harned. For more information on the cemetery and Whitman's tomb, see See Geoffrey M. Still, "Harleigh Cemetery," Walt Whitman: An Encyclopedia, ed. J.R. LeMaster and Donald D. Kummings (New York: Garland Publishing, 1998).


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