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Walt Whitman to William D. O'Connor, 6 August 1888

Hot & sweltering weather here now the sixth day—No good news to send you ab't my health—but no bad either—I keep [on?]—sitting up —but have not left my room—

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 endorsed: "Answ'd August 31/88." It is addressed: Wm D O'Connor | 1015 O Street | Washington | D C. It is postmarked: Camden (?) | Aug 6 | 8 PM | 88; Wash. D.C. Transit | Aug 7 | 7 AM | 88. [back]
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