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Title: Walt Whitman to William D. O'Connor, 14 August [1883]

Date: August 14, 1883

Whitman Archive ID: nyp.00495

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), 3:346–347. 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

Aug: 14 Evn'g

Your good letter rec'd2—welcomed as always—I am out here this month with a valued Quaker friend, & enjoying the experience & visit much—Ample quiet country, house, large library, garden—the family (they too special friends of mine) all away at Newport—my friend down in Phila. at business bulk of the day—I alone here writing, reading, loafing—Then every afternoon a long drive about this beautiful, wonderful, never-ending variety of country, the long Wissahickon, roads, Indian Rock, Mt Airy, Chestnut Hill—I find I don't need to go to Rocky Mts. or Saguenay for natural beauty or grandeur—I am well—nothing very new—


Address me [at] Camden—I go in there every other day—


1. This letter is endorsed: "Answ'd Aug 17/83." It is addressed: Wm D O'Connor | Life Saving Service | Treasury | Washington D C. It is postmarked: Philadelphia | Aug | 14 | (?) PM; Washington, Recd. | Aug | 15 | 7 AM | 1883. [back]

2. The letter O'Connor wrote on August 12 (see the letter from Whitman to O'Connor of July 20, 1883) is apparently lost. [back]


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