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Title: Walt Whitman to John Jay Knox, 28 January 1867

Date: January 28, 1867

Whitman Archive ID: tex.00185

Source: The Walt Whitman Collection, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, The University of Texas at Austin. The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 1:310. 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,
Jan 28 1867 1

Mr. Knox,2

The Copy of Opinion of Mr. Attorney Gen. Bates, in title case, will be sent up to you at 2 o'clock, according to your request.

Walt Whitman


1. This letter's envelope bears the address, "Mr. Knox, | Sec. of the Treasury's Office." [back]

2. John Jay Knox (1828–1892) was appointed to the Treasury Department by Secretary of the Treasury Salmon P. Chase. On October 10, 1867, Knox became Deputy Comptroller of the Currency, and from 1872 to 1884 he served as Comptroller. Walt Whitman forwarded to Knox an opinion of Edward Bates (1793–1869), Lincoln's Attorney General. [back]


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