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Title: Walt Whitman to Louisa Van Velsor Whitman, 17 March [1873]

Date: March 17, 1873

Whitman Archive ID: nyp.00316

Source: The Oscar Lion Papers, 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), 2:206–207. 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, Kathryn Kruger, Zachary King, and Eric Conrad

Monday afternoon
March 17—

Well, mother dear, I feel quite well to-day considering—in good spirits, & free from any pain—I suppose you got my letter Saturday last— The doctor has been here to-day, first time in three days— (so you see he don't think me a very critical case.)

We have had real March weather here for two or three days, strong & sudden winds, & dust— but it is pleasanter to-day—it is now about ½ past 1—I have had my lunch & Mrs. O'Connor has come in for a few moments—

I have a little piece in the N. Y. Graphic of Saturday afternoon, March 171—it is a daily afternoon paper—I write for it, so far—they pay moderately.

Mother, I feel to-day as if I was getting well—(but my leg is so clumsy yet— & my head has to avoid much talking or being talked to)—I hope this will find you all right, dearest mother—I think about you much—


Mrs. O'Connor wishes me to give her love to you.


1. Walt Whitman meant to write March 15, when "The Singing Thrush" appeared in 1873. [back]


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