Engineer's Office, Brooklyn Water Works,
355 Fulton Street,
Brooklyn, N.Y. May 27th 1863
My Dear Friend
Enclosed I send you ten dollars. This is my contribution $5. per month, and is for the months of April and May. I Recd a letter from you yesterday. I think you have Recd all the money I have sent thus far.
I intended to write you several days since.
I have the promise of more money which I will send you soon.
Very truly yours
P.S. Your letter to Messrs Wyckoff &c. was Recd and delivered to Mr. Wyckoff.2
The text presented here is derived from a digital image or microfilm reproduction of the original manuscript.
The manuscript of this letter, dated May 27, 1863, is held in the Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
1. Moses Lane (1823–1882) served as chief engineer of the Brooklyn Water Works from 1862 to 1869. He later designed and constructed the Milwaukee Water Works and served there as city engineer. Like Jeff Whitman, he collected money from his employees and friends for Walt's hospital work. Lane sent Whitman $15.20 in his letter of January 26, 1863, and later various sums which Whitman acknowledged in letters from February 6, 1863, May 11, 1863, May 26, 1863, and September 9, 1863. In this letter, Lane pledged $5 each month. In an unpublished manuscript in the Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection, New York Public Library, Whitman wrote, obviously for publication: "I have distributed quite a large sum of money, contributed for that purpose by noble persons in Brooklyn, New York, (chiefly through Moses Lane, Chief Engineer, Water Works there.)" Lane assisted Whitman in other ways as well (see Whitman's letters from December 29, 1862, and February 13, 1863). He was so solicitous of Whitman's personal welfare that on April 3, 1863, he sent through Jeff $5 "for your own especial benefit." (Back)