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Walt Whitman to William D. O'Connor, 8 April 1889

Have been trying to while the last two or three hours with the labors, good & ill fortunes &c (well told) of antiquarian Lord Elgin2 in Greece nearly 100 years ago.—Hope this idle card will find you resting & easy—nothing new with me—

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 postal card is addressed: Wm D O'Connor | 1015 O Street N W | Washington | D C. It is postmarked: Camden, N.J. | Apr 8 | 8 PM | 89; Washington, Rec'd. | Apr 9 | (?) AM | 89 | 7. [back]
  • 2. Whitman is referring to Thomas Bruce, Earl of Elgin (1766–1841). [back]
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