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Title: Wolmershausen to Walt Whitman, 18 April 1888

Date: April 18, 1888

Whitman Archive ID: loc.04632

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: Benjamin K. Schmidt, Ryan Furlong, and Stephanie Blalock

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By Appointment to
H.R.H. The Prince of Wales
48 & 49, Curzon St. Mayfair,
24 Half Moon St. W.
Wolmershausen London,
April 18,

W. Whitman Eqr

Enclosed I [beg?] to forward your parcel Ticket of a vest forwarded to you by request of Lady Mount Temple which I trust will reach you safely and meet your approval.2

I am, Sir, Your [illegible]
Wolmershausen [illegible]

Wolmershausen was a high-fashion firm for men's and women's clothes in London, located at 48– 49 Curzon Street in Mayfair, and 24 Half Moon Street, where a "Miss Wolmershausen" oversaw the Ladies Department. See Charles Eyre Pascoe, London of To-day: An Illustrated Handbook for this Season and for all Seasons, 1892 (London: Roberts Brothers, 1892), 391, 409.


1. Whitman has crossed out this letter he has received from Wolmershausen. [back]

2. Whitman would later receive a letter dated April 28, 1888 from Hempstead & Son, a customs brokerage house in Philadelphia, notifying him of the imminent arrival of apparel sent to him by Lady Mount Temple (for more on this letter and on Whitman and Traubel's dealings with O.G. Hempstead & Son, see Traubel, With Walt Whitman in Camden, Wednesday, May 2, 1888). Whitman later described Lady Mount Temple's present as "a beautiful vest of knit stuff, wool, & silk" in his letter to Robert Pearsall Smith of May 7, 1888[back]


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