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Title: Walt Whitman to Ellen M. O'Connor, 23 March [1876]

Date: March 23, 1876

Whitman Archive ID: nyp.00386

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), 3:32–33. 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

March 23—noon—1

Yours rec'd—I am around, much the same—nothing very new, or different—the b[aby]2 doing well, grows well, hearty & bright—the rest well as usual—E[dward]3 recovered, & all right—my (new Edition) books out at last—(sent a set to N. M. J[ohnson] 506 12th st.)—comfortable to-day—write this in haste—



1. This letter's envelope bears the address, "Mrs E M O'Connor | 1015 O street | Washington | D. C." It is postmarked: "Camden | Mar | 23 | N.J.; Carrier | 24 | Mar | 8 AM."

The year is established by Nancy M. Johnson's letter to Whitman on March 15, 1876, in which she ordered the 1876 set, as well as by the reference to Whitman's nephew. Whitman sent the volumes to Johnson on March 17, 1876, and Memoranda During the War on April 20, 1876 (Commonplace Book, Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.); see also Whitman's February 24, 1876 letter to Ellen O'Connor and his June 28, 1864 letter to Charles Eldridge.  [back]

2. Whitman refers here to Walter Orr Whitman, his nephew. [back]

3. Whitman refers here to Edward Whitman, his brother. [back]


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