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Walt Whitman to William D. O'Connor, 7 April 1889

Hope this will find you at ease & comfortable—With me every thing continues on much the same—am slowly getting on with the new (pocket-book) ed'n L of G. with Annex2 bits & Backw'd Glance at end—My cold in the head still keeps on & pretty bad—have just had several visitors—

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: Camden, N.J. | Apr 7 | 5 PM | 89; Washington, Rec'd. | Apr 8 | 2 AM | 89 | 7. [back]
  • 2. In celebration of his seventieth year, Whitman published the limited and autographed pocket-book edition of Leaves of Grass, a volume which also included the annex Sands at Seventy and his essay A Backward Glance O'er Traveled Roads. [back]
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