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Title: Walt Whitman to William D. O'Connor, 14 October [1870]

Date: October 14, 1870

Whitman Archive ID: nyp.00296

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), 2:116. 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

Friday afternoon
Oct. 141

Dear William O'Connor,

I have just rec'd your letter. To make the matter certain won't you take thirty or forty minutes & go down to the St. Cloud—look at the rooms, & pick out one for me?—positively engaging it—You know what is good as well as I do, (I mean for me)—I shall want a room at least for a few weeks—& perhaps for the winter—& for that season one is not so particular about the location—(But perhaps you have already engaged for me at St. C. a specific room.)



1. This letter is endorsed, "Answered" (?). Its envelope bears the address, "Wm. D. O'Connor, | Treasury Department, | Light House Board | Washington, | D.C." It is postmarked "New-York | (?) | (?)." [back]

2. "Sigma" noted in the New York Evening Mail on October 27, 1870, the poet's return to Washington, "where Walt Whitman fitly belongs, both in his personnel and what his works represent." The correspondent also reported that Whitman now supported the French, liked and defended Grant, and placed "little stock in 'woman's rights.'" [back]


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