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Title: Le Baron Russell to Walt Whitman, 6 October 1863

Date: October 6, 1863

Whitman Archive ID: tex.00168

Source: Walt Whitman Collection, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, The University of Texas at Austin. Transcribed from digital images or a microfilm reproduction of the original item. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

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Oct 6th 1863.

My dear sir,

Having an opportunity to send by Miss Lowe the $20. From H. Lee, & B. H Silsbee1 of which I wrote you, I am very glad to take advantage of it—2

You will find the amt enclosed—Hoping that we may be able to send you more hereafter,

I am very truly yours
L B Russell.

Walt Whitman Esq.


1. Benjamin H. Silsbee was the president of the Merchant's Bank in Salem and an influential member of the East India Marine Society. [back]

2. Dr. Le Baron Russell (1814–1819) was a Boston physician who was well acquainted with Ralph Waldo Emerson and James Redpath. Along with other philanthropically minded citizens, Russell sent Whitman money to be used in easing the suffering of the Civil War wounded languishing in the Washington, D.C., area. [back]


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