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Title: Walt Whitman to Ellen M. O'Connor, 8 June 1871

Date: June 8, 1871

Whitman Archive ID: nyp.00297

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), 2:122. 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

June 8, 1871.1

I have received your kind note, dear, dear friend—I shall be with you all again next Sunday evening without fail, soon after 7.2

Nelly, I have procured from New York one of the Brady Photos,3 (the one with the hand up, which you liked) and am having it framed, to present to you. Understand that, like the new year's Bible, the Photo is a gift, with my best love, to you & William—to pass on to dear Jeannie.

Walt Whitman


1. This letter is endorsed, "June 8, 1871 | Ans'd." Its envelope bears the address, "Mrs. E. M. O'Connor, | 1015 O street near 11th | N. W." [back]

2. Walt Whitman visited Ellen M. and William D. O'Connor regularly on Sundays when he was in Washington. [back]

3. Perhaps No. 45 in 100 Whitman Photographs, ed. Henry S. Saunders (1948). [back]


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