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Title: Walt Whitman to William D. O'Connor, 17 September [1882]

Date: September 17, 1882

Whitman Archive ID: nyp.00468

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), 3:305. 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

Sept 17—Evn'g

All salubrious—Sheets go to the binder Tuesday—I will try to send a book so you will get it Saturday2—After you read it, forward the "Modern Thought"3 (I send by same mail with this) to Dr Bucke. They are now on their fourth Phila: ed'n L of G—a furious article in N. Y. "American Queen"4 of yesterday—



1. This letter is endorsed: "Answ'd Sept 20." It is addressed: Wm Douglas O'Connor | Life Saving Service Bureau | Treasury Department | Washington D C. It is postmarked: Camden | Sep | 17 | 6 PM | N.J.; Washington, D.C. | Se(?) | 18 | 5 AM | 1882 | Recd. [back]

2. The book was delayed until October 1. [back]

3. Fitzgerald Molloy, of London, was the "author of the friendly article" in Modern Thought, 4 (1 September 1882), 319–326. Whitman sent Leaves of Grass to Molloy on September 15 (Whitman's Commonplace Book, Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.). [back]

4. No copy of the New York American Queen has been located. [back]


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