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Title: Walt Whitman to William D. O'Connor, 3 August [1882]

Date: August 3, 1882

Whitman Archive ID: nyp.00463

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), 3:300. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Contributors to digital file: Stefan Schoeberlein, Nima Najafi Kianfar, Eder Jaramillo, and Nicole Gray

Aug 3—noon

Thank you for sending me Herman Grimm on Emerson2—Seems to me, (colloquial & rather hurried as it is) it is the only fine & worthy utterance on the subject I have yet seen—I am well (upon the whole)—"Specimen Days" is getting along to the 100th page in the foundry—the second & a little larger ed'n L of G. launch'd to-day3



1. This letter is endorsed: "No answer." It is addressed: Wm D O'Connor | Life Saving Service Bureau | Washington D C. It is postmarked: Philadelphia | Aug | 3 | 5(?) PM | Pa.; Washington, D.C. | Aug | 4 | 4 AM | 1882 | Recd. [back]

2. Grimm's article was included in Essays on Literature, translated by Sarah H. Adams (1886). [back]

3. The edition appeared on the following day (see the letter from Whitman to O'Connor of August 6, 1882). [back]


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