Title: Walt Whitman to William D. O'Connor, 26 March 
Date: March 26, 1886
Source: The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 4:23. 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.00544
Contributors to digital file: Stefan Schöberlein and Kyle Barton
328 Mickle st—Camden1—
Am ab't the same as usual—Had a bad spell two weeks ago, but am now around after my sort, nearly the same (a letting down a little peg, if no more, every time)—Yes I have had superb treatment from my English friends—Yours of 23[?]d rec'd2—I dont know whether I told you that a young Englishman who came into a fortune not long since, sent me 50 pounds3—then the Nineteenth Cent paid me 30£ for the little poem4—
William Douglas O'Connor (1832–1889) was the author of the grand and grandiloquent Whitman pamphlet "The Good Gray Poet," published in 1866 (a digital version of the pamphlet is available at "The Good Gray Poet: A Vindication"). For more on Whitman's relationship with O'Connor, see Deshae E. Lott, O'Connor, William Douglas [1832–1889].
1. This letter is endorsed: Answ'd May 25/86. It is addressed: Wm D O'Connor | Life Saving Service | Washington | D C. It is postmarked: Camden | Mar | 26 | 4 PM | 1886 | N.J. [back]
3. Edward Carpenter. Actually the gift came from Carpenter and the Ford sisters (see the letter from Whitman to Carpenter of August 3, 1885). Bessie (d. 1919) and Isabella (1855–1924) Ford were sisters who lived together in Leeds. They were friends and disciples (as well as cousins) of Carpenter, and active social reformers, working for women's suffrage, trade unionism, and an independent labor party. [back]