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Title: William D. O'Connor to Walt Whitman, 19 December 1882

Date: December 19, 1882

Whitman Archive ID: loc.03068

Source: The Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. Transcribed from digital images or a microfilm reproduction of the original item. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

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Washington, D.C.
Dec. 19', 1882.

Dear Walt:

The Critic has just come. Thanks. The New York Times of yesterday has a notice—by Montgomery, I suppose—excellent in parts, prodigiously asinine in others. This young man has a genius for stultification—shown to perfection in his former review of L. of G.

I read your "Burns" just now, and with the greatest pleasure. It is masterly in breadth and raciness. May you write many such another! I quite feel with you that "The Jolly Beggars" is Burns' masterpiece.



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