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

Date: September 6, 1883

Whitman Archive ID: nyp.00497

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), 3:350. 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, 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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