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Title: Walt Whitman to U.S. Postmaster, 24 June 1891

Date: June 24, 1891

Whitman Archive ID: loc.04345

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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Please pay2 Warren Fritzinger3

Walt Whitman Camden June 24 1891

Look over those four orders carefully—I fear you have estimated against yourself

Walt Whitman

As yet we have no information about this correspondent.


1. Whitman wrote this note on an envelope, crossing out the original address, which reads in an unknown hand: "Wm C. Briggs. — | Lyman | Mass | 20 [illegible]ntham St."  [back]

2. On the verso of the envelope, Whitman has calculated the following sum: 6.00 + 13.17 + 1.71 + 7.05 = 27.93. [back]

3. Frank Warren Fritzinger (1867–1899), known as "Warry," took Edward Wilkins's place as Whitman's nurse, beginning in October 1889. Fritzinger and his brother Harry were the sons of Henry Whireman Fritzinger (about 1828–1881), a former sea captain who went blind, and Almira E. Fritzinger. Following Henry Sr.'s death, Warren and his brother—having lost both parents—became wards of Mary O. Davis, Whitman's housekeeper, who had also taken care of the sea captain and who inherited part of his estate. A picture of Warry is displayed in the May 1891 New England Magazine (278). See Joann P. Krieg, "Fritzinger, Frederick Warren (1866–1899)," Walt Whitman: An Encyclopedia, ed. J.R. LeMaster and Donald D. Kummings (New York: Garland Publishing, 1998), 240. [back]


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