In Whitman's Hand


About this Item

Title: Hannah Brush

Creator: Walt Whitman

Date: Between 1850 and 1870

Whitman Archive ID: duk.00698

Source: Trent Collection of Whitmaniana, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University. Transcribed from digital images of the original. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of manuscripts, see our statement of editorial policy.

Editorial note: Edward Grier tentatively dates the handwriting of this manuscript to the 1850s (Notebooks and Unpublished Prose Manuscripts [New York: New York University Press, 1984], 1:16). The notes are similar to many of Whitman's other jottings about family in the 1850s and 1860s. At the repository this manuscript is bound with three other manuscript leaves and two newspaper clippings, also about members of Whitman's family. It is not clear whether Whitman or a collector bound the items, which are on different sizes and types of paper and appear to have been written at different times.

Contributors to digital file: Kirsten Clawson, Janel Cayer, Kevin McMullen, Nicole Gray, Kenneth M. Price, and Brett Barney

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Hannah Brush, (my grandmother Whitman) had only one brother, who died a young man—(the grave-stones from his grave were among those I saw at the back door)


And only one sister who married—Scudder, father of ^old Tredwell Walter W Scudder, (on the South Side,) ^who was father of Tredwell, Wilmot, Walter, Scudder, &c. Richard, Wilmot, Hannah & Julia Scudder.

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