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Leon P. Luckey to Walt Whitman, 6 March 1874

 loc.02234.001_large.jpg Dear Sir:

The President1 desires me to acknowledge the receipt of your very kind letter of the 27th ultimo,2 also the numbers of the N.Y. Weekly Graphic, containing your reminiscences of the war.3

He wishes me to assure you of his appreciation of the polite attention, and his best wishes for your speedy recovery.4

Very resptly,​ Yours Leon P. Luckey5 Secretary. Mr. Walt Whitman Camden, New Jersey  loc.02234.002_large.jpg  loc.02234.003_large.jpg  loc.02234.004_large.jpg  loc.02234.005_large.jpg Miscellaneous Mostly 1874–'5—('3 & '6 too)  loc.02234.006_large.jpg

Leon P. Luckey was the secretary to President Ulysses S. Grant.


  • 1. Ulysses Simpson Grant (1822–1885) was the highest ranking Union general of the Civil War. As commander of the Army of the Potomac, he accepted the surrender of the Confederate General Robert E. Lee at Appomattox. Grant was elected to two consecutive terms as president, first in 1868 and again in 1872. [back]
  • 2. See Whitman's letter to Ulysses S. Grant of February 27, 1874. [back]
  • 3. The series of articles "'Tis But Ten Years Since," which detailed events of the Civil War, appeared in the Weekly Graphic in six installments: January 24, 1874; February 7, 1874; February 14, 1874; February 21, 1874; February 28, 1874; and March 7, 1874. For a discussion of these articles, see Thomas O. Mabbott and Rollo G. Silver, American Literature, 15 (1943), 51–62. [back]
  • 4. In January 1873, Whitman suffered a paralytic stroke that made walking difficult. He first reported it in his January 26, 1873, letter to his mother, Louisa Van Velsor Whitman (1795–1873), and continued to provide regular notes on his condition. By mid-March Whitman was taking brief walks out to the street and began to hope that he could resume work in the office. See also his March 21, 1873, letter to his mother. [back]
  • 5. The script of the letter is by a government calligrapher, but Luckey has signed his own name. [back]
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