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Title: William T. Otto to Walt Whitman, 11 May 1865

Date: May 11, 1865

Whitman Archive ID: nyp.00221

Source: Oscar Lion Papers, 1914–1955, New York Public Library, New York, N.Y. The transcription presented here is derived from Horace Traubel, With Walt Whitman in Camden (New York: Mitchell Kennerley, 1914), 3:471. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Contributors to digital file: Alex Kinnaman, Elizabeth Lorang, Kathryn Kruger, Eric Conrad, and Vanessa Steinroetter

Department of the Interior,
Washington, D. C.,
May 11, 1865.

Walt Whitman of New York is hereby promoted to a Clerkship of the Second Class in the Office of Indian Affairs to take effect from and after the first instant.

William T. Otto, Assistant Secretary of the Interior.

William T. Otto (1816–1905) was assistant secretary of the interior. Initially, William D. O'Connor had arranged an interview for Whitman with Otto for a clerk position in the Bureau of Indian Affairs. See O'Connor's December 30, 1864, and Otto's January 12, 1865, letter to Whitman.


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