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Walt Whitman to William D. O'Connor, 3 October 1888

The doctor was here this afternoon & speaks encouragingly but I still keep in my sick room—My books are thro' the electrotyper & printer & are now in the binder2—Soon as ready I shall send you—

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 Oct. 5, 1888." It is addressed: Wm D O'Connor | 1015 O Street | Washington | D C. It is postmarked: Camden, N.J.| Oct 3 | 8 PM | (?)8; Washington, Rec'd. | Oct 4 | 7 30 AM | 88 | 6. [back]
  • 2. Whitman's Complete Poems and Prose was mostly printed in October but not bound until December. [back]
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