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J. Harry Schuller, Jr. to Walt Whitman, 27 October 1890

 loc_jm.00256.jpg Mr. Walt Whitman. Phila. Penna. Dear Sir:

If convenient will you kindly do me the honor of sending me your signature.

Very respectfully yours J. Harry Schuller Jr.  loc_jm.00257.jpg  loc.03501.001_large.jpg  loc.03501.002_large.jpg

John Henry "Harry" Schuller Jr. (1871–1937) was one of three children born to John Henry Schuller (1844–1905) and Amelia Jane Watts (1847–1918). The family lived in Brooklyn at 191 Keap Street from about 1890 to 1907, according to New York City Directories. Both Schuller and his father were salesmen involed in dry goods, and according to Trow's New York City Directory published in 1893, 83 Worth Street in New York was the site of Coverse, Stanton, and Cullen dry goods store (269). In 1897, Schuller married Margaret Hay (1872–1937) and the couple had one son, Robert Duncan Schuller (1903–1995). Schuller and his wife lived in New York until about 1930, when they moved to Palisades Park, New Jersey, near their son. According to The Record (Hackensack, NJ), Schuller suffered a stroke on July 7, 1937 (15), and The Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported that he died about a week later at Robert Schuller's home (July 17, 1937, 7). He is buried beside his wife and parents in New York's Cyprus Hill Cemetery.


  • 1. This letter is addressed: Mr. Walt Whitman | Camden N.J. It is postmarked: NEW YORK | OCT 27 | 630 PM | 90; PHILADELPHIA, P.A. | OCT 29 | 4 PM | 90; 1; CAMDEN, N.J. | OCT | 28 | 6 PM | REC'D; RECEIVED [illegible] | OCT | 28 | 1230 AM | 1890. The letter was originally addressed to Whitman at "Lafayette Hotel | Philadelphia | Penn" and then crossed out, thus the New York postmark from October 27 and the one cent due stamp. [back]
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