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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—


Correspondent:
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.

Notes:

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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