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Title: Walt Whitman to Ellen M. O'Connor, 11 January [1875]

Date: January 11, 1875

Whitman Archive ID: nyp.00357

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), 2:322. 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, Kathryn Kruger, Zachary King, and Eric Conrad

431 Stevens st.
cor West.
N. Jersey
Jan. 11.1

Card came this morning. Letter you speak of must have been destroyed, as I have rec'd none—Rec'd letter from P[eter] D[oyle] this morning. Am still getting along favorably considering all things—Heard from J[ohn] B[urroughs] last week—all well. Had a letter from Dr. Drinkard—



1. This postcard bears the address, "Mrs. E. M. O'Connor | 1015 O st. near 11th N.W. | Washington, D.C." It is postmarked: "Camden | Jan | 11 | N.J.; Carrier | 12 | Jan | 3 (?) PM."

Since Ellen O'Connor's letters to Whitman during this period are not extant, the year must remain conjectural. Certain facts point to 1875: the postcard Whitman used was discontinued early in 1876, and Burroughs visited Whitman at Camden about the middle of January in 1876. [back]


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