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Title: Walt Whitman to Webster Elmes, 9 [July] 1872

Date: July 9, 1872

Whitman Archive ID: nar.03601

Source: U. S. National Archives and Records Administration. The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 2:180–181. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Contributors to digital file: Elizabeth Lorang, Kathryn Kruger, Zachary King, and Eric Conrad

[July]1 9th '72.

Webster Elmes, Chief Clark.
Dear Sir:

I have been badly pulled by the heat—am sick—(home here with my mother)—& would respectfully apply for two weeks further leave—if it can be granted.

If so, I will try to make it up.

Yours, &c.
Walt Whitman

107 north Portland av.
Brooklyn, New York.

I am due at office on the 11th, and would ask two weeks extension from that date.2


1. By mistake Whitman wrote "June." [back]

2. Whitman's letter was endorsed by Elmes: "Walt Whitman Brooklyn July 9, 1872 Applies for extension of leave of absence for two weeks Office Solicitor of the Treasury July, 11/72 Extension granted as requested by direction of Asst. Solicitor, & Mr Whitman advised." [back]


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