Title: Walt Whitman to Ellen M. O'Connor, 26 February 
Date: February 26, 1867
Source: The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 1:315–316. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.
Location: The Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature
Whitman Archive ID: nyp.00259
Contributors to digital file: Kenneth M. Price, Elizabeth Lorang, Zachary King, and Eric Conrad
My dear Nelly,
I will be at the house in time to go with you & see the Capitol lighted. About the dinner, (thank you for your kind invitation2,) I fear I shall not be with you to-day.
1. This letter is endorsed, "Ans'd." Its envelope bears the address, "Ellen M. O'Connor." [back]
2. William O'Connor had invited Walt Whitman to dinner earlier that day, but Whitman wrote in his February 26, 1867 letter to Louisa Van Velsor Whitman that he would likely not accept the offer as, "I believe I don't care to go to-day." [back]