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Title: Walt Whitman to Louisa Ven Velsor Whitman, 23 March 1866

Date: March 23, 1866

Whitman Archive ID: nyp.00203

Source: Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection, New York Public Library. The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 1:272-273. 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, Vanessa Steinroetter, and Alyssa Olson

March 23 1866

Dearest Mother,

I ordered the draft to be paid to you, of course. All you have to do is to go down & present it—they may ask you who you expected money from, & where.

I dont know, but I expect Jeff1 or Mat2 would do just as well.


Mr. Lincoln,3 the post master, knows about the letters & money being stolen—the Post office here has conferred with him on the subject.


1. Thomas Jefferson "Jeff" Whitman (1833-1890), Walt's brother. [back]

2. Martha Mitchell Whitman (1836–1873), also known as "Mattie," wife of Whitman's brother Jeff. [back]

3. George B. Lincoln (1817-1890) held the position of Postmaster of Brooklyn between 1861 and 1867. [back]


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