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

Date: November 23, 1876?

Whitman Archive ID: nyp.00388

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), 3:65. 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

Camden New Jersey
Nov 231

I continue pretty well for me this fall—All about as usual with all of us—



1. This letter's envelope bears the address, "Mrs Ellen M O'Connor | 1015 O street n w | Washington | D.C.." It is postmarked: "Camden | Nov | 23 | N.J."

Although the text furnishes no clues as to the date, 1876 appears plausible. Whitman apparently did not correspond with Ellen O'Connor between 1876 and 1887; there are no extant letters from her to Whitman between 1865 and 1888. Because of the continued estrangement between Whitman and William O'Connor, probably neither his wife nor the poet was completely at ease in writing to the other. [back]


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