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Title: Walt Whitman to John M. Binckley, 31 August 1867

Date: August 31, 1867

Whitman Archive ID: prc.00011

Source: Private collection of Rollo G. Silver. The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 1:337. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Contributors to digital file: Kenneth M. Price, Elizabeth Lorang, Zachary King, and Eric Conrad

Attorney General's Office
Aug 31, 1867.1

Hon. Mr. Binckley,2
Acting Attorney General.

The undersigned respectfully asks leave of absence from the 9th of September to the 12th of October.

Walt Whitman

Leave granted as above

John M. Binckley
Acting Attorney General


1. This letter is endorsed, "Leave of Absence, | from Sept. 9 to Oct. 12, '67." [back]

2. John M. Binckley, a Washington lawyer, was associated with the National Intelligencer, was in the Attorney General's office for several years, and in 1869 was Solicitor of Internal Revenue. Except for Binckley's signature, this letter is in Walt Whitman's hand. [back]


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