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Title: Henry Braid Wilson to Walt Whitman, 13 August 1879

Date: August 13, 1879

Whitman Archive ID: loc.07060

Source: The Thomas Biggs Harned Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1842–1937, 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.

Related item: Whitman repurposed this letter, writing notes on the back that probably contributed to the cluster title "From Noon to Starry Night" in the 1881 edition of Leaves of Grass.

Contributors to digital file: Jeannette Schollaert and Nicole Gray

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Post Office, Camden, N. J.
Aug 13th 1879


Please examine correspondance and return to this office

H.B Wilson P.M.
[for Abels?]
Very respectfully

To Walt Whitman Esq

Henry Braid Wilson (1828–1898) was postmaster of Camden during Rutherford B. Hayes's presidential term, from 1877 to 1881. Wilson spent much of his life as a civil servant in Camden, including terms as City Council member and president. The H. B. Wilson School in Camden, which opened in 1907, is named in his honor. He is the father of Admiral Henry Braid Wilson Jr., who served as a naval officer in the First World War.


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