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Title: Walt Whitman to William D. O'Connor, 30 September [1883]

Date: September 30, 1883

Whitman Archive ID: nyp.00502

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), 3:353–354. 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

Ocean Grove N J1
Sept: 30.

I have been down here the past week right on the sea2—am on the beach quite all day & the surf sings me to sleep every night. John Burroughs is here—he leaves to-morrow morning for N Y, but I shall stay a few days longer. Am stopping at the Sheldon House & like it well—very quiet here—fine weather—



1. This letter is endorsed: "Answ'd Dec 2/83." It is addressed: Wm D O'Connor | Life Saving Service | Treasury | Washington | D C. It is postmarked: Philadelphia, Pa. | Oct | 1 | 11 AM | Transit; Washington, Recd. | Oct | 2 | 4 30 AM | 1883 | 2. [back]

2. Whitman stayed at the Sheldon House at Ocean Grove from September 26 to October 10 (Whitman's Commonplace Book, Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.; see also Gay Wilson Allen, The Solitary Singer [New York: Macmillan, 1955], 512–514). Before leaving Camden, Whitman met Simon B. Conover (1840–1908), a former senator from Florida, at Scovel's on September 16, and on September 23 he had dinner at Conover's (Whitman's Commonplace Book). [back]


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