Title: William D. O'Connor to Walt Whitman, 24 June 1882
Date: June 24, 1882
Editorial note: The annotation, "see notes Dec 21st 1888," is in the hand of Horace Traubel.
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Notes for this letter were derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller, 6 vols. (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977).
Location: The Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.03047
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June 24, 1882.
I have your postal of the 22nd, together with the Press notice. Beautiful! Who is the lady?
After much cogitation, I have judged it prudent to withhold any reply to "Sigma," at any rate until next week. We will see whether the Sunday Tribune has anything from anybody.
My aim is to attack Marston, terribly, and I don't want to be led off into a side show by an anonymunculus, like "Sigma," if I can help it. I am trying to accumulate materials for the next assault, and have written in several directions, among others to George Chainey. Do you see what the scoundrel postmaster at Boston, Tobey, has done to him—stopped his lecture on you and your book!1 After stopping the book, they will stop discussion! Here is a text. It will go hard if I cannot make such a cloud belch thunder.
I have written to Chainey for full particulars.
Don't forget to tell me the price of your book when you write next. Did you send one to Professor Loomis?
W. D. O'Connor.
Mr. Walt Whitman.