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Title: Walt Whitman to Louisa Van Velsor Whitman, 16 November 1866

Date: November 16, 1866

Whitman Archive ID: prc.00006

Source: Private collection. The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 1:294-295. 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, Brett Barney, Vanessa Steinroetter, and Alyssa Olson

Nov. 16, 1866. Friday afternoon.

Dearest Mother,

I only write again this week (I wrote last Tuesday) to inform you that the Attorney General has promoted me. I have now a real good berth, what they call a third class clerk with the pay of $1600 a year.1 I shall have about $127 a month (they take a little off, every time they pay, on acc't of gov't tax.) Besides I have now a regular appointment, instead of being a temporary clerk, as before. I was appointed last Wednesday, my new grade & pay commence on Nov. 1st—I haven't got a letter from home for ten or twelve days. The Attorney General has gone to New York—he is badly afflicted with sore eyes, & has gone there to see the best oculists—

My cold, or whatever it is, is better to-day—I hope you are all well—Good bye, dear mother. Write soon.


Mother, I send some envelopes—You must have paper—you know I left you a great lot, when I was home. I hope you are not sick, dear mother.


1. Whitman's copy of Stanbery's "Order Book" is in the Charles E. Feinberg Collection. [back]


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