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Title: Lavinia F. Whitman to Walt Whitman, 20 December [1891]

Date: December 20, [1891]

Whitman Archive ID: loc.04858

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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Walt Whitman1

My dear friend, much do I regret to hear of your increased illness—yet, let us hope for the best—we cannot think of loosing you—

With great regard
Lavinia F. Whitman

2337 N. 18th—
Dec. 20th—

Lavinia Fanning Watson Whitman (1818–1900) was the eldest daughter of John Fanning Watson—author of Annals of Philadelphia (1830) and a well known historian of Philadelphia and New York City—and his wife Phebe Barron Crowell. In 1846, Lavinia became the first woman to sponsor a United States Navy ship when she christened the sloop-of-war, the USS Germantown in Philadelphia. She married Harrison Gray Otis Whitman, a son of Chief Justice Ezekial Whitman of Maine.


1. This letter is addressed: Walt Whitman Esq | Camden | N.J. It is postmarked: Philade[lphia, P.A.] | Dec 21 | 7PM | [91] | Ca[mden, N.J.] | DEC22 | 6 AM | 91 | Rec'd. [back]


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