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Edwin Einstein to Walt Whitman, 18 November 1875

 loc.01611.001_large.jpg Dear Walt—

I would not trouble you with this letter, were it not that I saw mentioned in the N. Y. Sun the other day the fact that you were in very needy circumstances, if that is so will you let me know, and myself and a few other of your old friends would be glad to aid you to the best of our ability. If it is not so, (which I sincerely trust may be the case) pardon the  loc.01611.002_large.jpg  loc.01611.003_large.jpg liberty I am taking and believe it is only done out of friendship and good will.

In any case let me hear from you and believe me with best wishes

Your Friend Edwin Einstein Address Union League Club N.Y.  loc.01611.004_large.jpg Einsteins letter

Edwin Einstein (1842–1905) was a tobacconist and a friend of Walt Whitman's from the Pfaffian days of the 1850s. The Trow's New York City Directory of 1860 listed an Edwin Einstein as "clerk, h 167 W. 14th" (260), while in 1877, the Gouldings New York City Directory listed an Edwin Einstein as "tobacco, 87 Water" (402). Einstein was later elected to a brief stint in the House of Representatives as a New York Republican from 1879 to 1881.

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