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Title: Walt Whitman to William D. O'Connor, 6 September 1883

Date: September 6, 1883

Source: The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 3:350. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Location: The Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature, New York Public Library

Whitman Archive ID: nyp.00497

Contributors to digital file: Stefan Schoeberlein, Kirstern Clawson, Nima Najafi Kianfar, and Nicole Gray

Sept: 6 '83

Seems to me you couldn't do better—(let me suggest, if there is nothing in the way & you have no other imperative destination)—than to go on for a week or so & see Dr. B[ucke] at London—I know if you do go you will be glad you went.2



1. This letter is addressed: Wm D O'Connor | Life Saving Service | Treasury | Washington D C. It is postmarked: Philadelphia | Pa. | Sep 6 (?) | 1 30 PM; Washington, Recd. | Sep | 7 | (?) | 1883 | 2. [back]

2. Whitman's post card was written in answer to a letter from O'Connor on September 4 which is not extant (see the letter from Whitman to O'Connor of August 29, 1883). Apparently O'Connor planned a vacation in order to recuperate after the death of his child. On August 19 Bucke urged O'Connor to visit Canada (The Library of Congress, Washington D.C.). [back]


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