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Title: Walt Whitman to William D. O'Connor, 27 November [1867]

Date: November 27, 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), 1:351. 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, New York Public Library

Whitman Archive ID: nyp.00273

Contributors to digital file: Kenneth M. Price, Elizabeth Lorang, Zachary King, and Eric Conrad

Wednesday forenoon,
Nov. 27.1

Dear William,

I wish you to come & take Thanksgiving Dinner with us to-morrow. Mrs. Benedict2 specially joins in the request. No refusal permitted.


No outside guests—our own boarders only—all decent fellows.


1. This letter's envelope bears the address, "William O'Connor." [back]

2. Walt Whitman boarded with Mrs. Newton Benedict in 1867 after the death of Juliet Grayson; see Walt Whitman's February 12, 1867 letter to Louisa Van Velsor Whitman. [back]


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