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Title: Postcard from Walt Whitman to Ellen M. O'Connor, 9 March [1874]

Date: March 9, 1874

Source: The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 2:285. 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.00331

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

March 9. 5 p.m.1

Yours rec'd last night. The let up & somewhat favorable condition mentioned in my letter of Sunday still continues. Have not the slightest idea of hastening to W[ashington]—Shan't come till I get good & ready. Continue to write often. Wish Ch.2 to write me all news, & oftener.



1. This postcard apparently refers to Whitman's March 8, 1874 letter to Ellen M. O'Connor.

This postcard bears the address, "Mrs. E. M. O'Connor | 1015 O street, near 11th N. W. | Washington, D.C." It is postmarked: "Camden | (?)| N.J." [back]

2. Whitman refers here to Charles Eldridge. [back]


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