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

Date: November 27, 1867

Whitman Archive ID: nyp.00273

Source: The Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature, New York Public Library. 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.

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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