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Title: Walt Whitman to William D. O'Connor, 26 March 1889

Date: March 26, 1889

Whitman Archive ID: nyp.00665

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 The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 4:311. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

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March 26 '891

Have been hoping all day I sh'd get some word & relieving word from you—but nothing—Can only write my sympathy & hope & love—& write on in the dark. Nothing new with me—Sitting here seeking to while away the hours—

Walt Whitman

William Douglas O'Connor (1832–1889) was the author of the grand and grandiloquent Whitman pamphlet The Good Gray Poet: A Vindication, published in 1866. For more on Whitman's relationship with O'Connor, see Deshae E. Lott, "O'Connor, William Douglas (1832–1889)," Walt Whitman: An Encyclopedia, ed. J.R. LeMaster and Donald D. Kummings (New York: Garland Publishing, 1998).


1. This letter is addressed: Wm D O'Connor | 1015 O Street N W | Washington | D C. It is postmarked: Philadelphia (?) | Mar 26 | 11 PM | 89; Washington, R(?) | Mar 27 | 7 AM | 89 | 7. [back]


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