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Walt Whitman to William D. O'Connor, 13 September 1883

Looking to-day over an old bundle, I find this curious letter which I meant to have sent you at the time, but missed somehow—I am well as usual—


(Salt Lake City letter.)2


  • 1. This letter is endorsed: "Answ'd Sept. 22/83." It is addressed: Wm D O'Connor | Life Saving Service | Treasury | Washington | D C. It is postmarked: Philadelphia | Pa. | Sep 13 83 | 8 30 PM; Washington, Recd. | Sep | 14 | 4 30 AM | 1883 | 2. [back]
  • 2. The letter referred to is not with the manuscript. Whitman wrote this note to O'Connor on the envelope of the letter, which, according to the postmark, was received in Camden on April 27. On September 22 O'Connor wrote: "I return your Salt Lake City letter about Bacon and Shakespeare, having carefully read it twice. It seems quite crazy—though maybe only crude—yet has some good points in it, which I took in." [back]
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