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

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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