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Title: Thomas Jefferson Whitman to William Douglas O'Connor, 28 March 1869

Date: March 28, 1869

Whitman Archive ID: nyp.00135

Source: Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature at the New York Public Library. The transcription presented here is derived from Thomas Jefferson Whitman, Dear Brother Walt: The Letters of Thomas Jefferson Whitman, ed. Dennis Berthold and Kenneth M. Price (Kent, Ohio: Kent State University Press, 1984), 139. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

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St. Louis,
March 28th 1869

Wm O'Connor1 My dear friend

I am anxious to obtain through you whatever copies of Engineering reports that you can send me without too much trouble. Particularly would I like to get the "Memoir on Foundations in Compressible soils by Rich Delafield"2 lately publish[ed] by the Light House Bd.

Such reports are of great use as they show what has been done, and particularly would any report on such a subject be useful to me just now  Mr Davis3 is associated with me here, and when you can duplicate the copies we would both be thankful

I must beg pardon for my wholesale style of asking for these things—but being away from all advising engineers and when books on the subject cannot well be had (not worth much when had) I am forced to secure as best I can the records of the experience of others

Please give my best regards to your wife—hoping that you are all well and again asking pardon for the trouble I may give you I remain

Yours very truly Thos J Whitman


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