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Title: Walt Whitman to Andrew Kerr, 29 October 1865

Date: October 29, 1865

Whitman Archive ID: uva.00347

Source: Clifton Waller Barrett Library of American Literature, Albert H. Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia . The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 1:270. 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, Vanessa Steinroetter, Alyssa Olson, and Caterina Bernardini

October 29, 1865.

Andy, my dear comrade—I rec'd yours of 24th, with enclosure of letter. Two others previously.

I am sincerely sorry for Mr. Stewart.

Andy, my programme is, to vote here early Tuesday forenoon,1 & then start immediately for Washington—So Love—& farewell—till we meet, dear boy.

Walt Whitman

(I wish you to say to Mr. Ashton, however, that if there is any pressure in the clerical duties of the Office, I will come immediately, if needed.)

Andrew Kerr was, according to the 1866 Directory, a clerk in the Attorney General's office.


1. The elections of November 7, 1865, resulted in what the New York Times described as a "Great Republican Victory." [back]


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