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Title: Walt Whitman to William D. O'Connor, 18 June [1883]

Date: June 18, 1883

Whitman Archive ID: nyp.00491

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), 3:342. 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, Kirsten Clawson, Nima Najafi Kianfar, and Nicole Gray

June 18

The date of publication here has been further postponed to the 20th (to give the London pub'n precedence)—All goes well—A week of splendid weather here—See the Critic of June 16—"Walt Whitman in Russia"2—Yours of 15th rec'd.—You have just rec'd— havnt you?—a copy of the regular bound ed'n—Don't you like the looks of it?



1. This letter is endorsed: "Answ'd June 19/83." It is addressed: Wm D O'Connor | Life Saving Service | Treasury | Washington | DC. It is postmarked: Philadelphia | Pa. | Jun 18 | 1 PM; Washington, Recd. | Jun | 19 | 4 30 AM | 1883 | 2. [back]

2. The article was allegedly written by Dr. P. Popoff. In the margin of a copy, however, Whitman wrote: "my guess (at random) is that John Swinton is the writer of this article" (Charles E. Feinberg Collection, Library of Congress, Washington D.C.). On August 12, 1882, Swinton informed the poet that his lecture on American literature had been translated and printed in Zagranichnyi Viestnik (Horace Traubel, With Walt Whitman in Camden, Thursday, September 27th, 1888, 393). See also Gay Wilson Allen, Walt Whitman Abroad (Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 1955), 145. [back]


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