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William T. Otto to Walt Whitman, 12 January 1865


Upon reporting at this Department and passing a satisfactory examination you will be appointed to a First Class Clerkship at a compensation of twelve hundred dollars per annum.1 I am, Sir, very respectfully, your obt servant

W. T. Otto, Assistant Secretary.2

Walt Whitman, Esq. 
  Brooklyn, N. Y.


  • 1. Less than two weeks after this letter, on January 24, 1865, Otto informed Whitman of his appointment as clerk at the salary of "$1200 per annum." [back]
  • 2. William T. Otto (1816–1905) was Assistant Secretary of the Interior. William D. O'Connor had arranged an interview for Whitman with Otto for a clerk position in the Bureau of Indian Affairs. [back]
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