Title: Walt Whitman to William Ingram, 8 September 1885
Date: September 8, 1885
Source: The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 5:319. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.
Location: The Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.06098
Contributors to digital file: Alex Kinnaman, Stefan Schöberlein, and Kyle Barton
Thanks, my friend, for your kind invitation—but am not able to accept at present—Will call soon at the store—
William Ingram, a Quaker, kept a tea store in Philadelphia. Of Ingram, Whitman observed to Horace Traubel: "He is a man of the Thomas Paine stripe—full of benevolent impulses, of radicalism, of the desire to alleviate the sufferings of the world—especially the sufferings of prisoners in jails, who are his protégés" (Horace Traubel, With Walt Whitman in Camden, Sunday, May 20, 1888).
1. This letter is addressed: Wm Ingram | 31 North Second Street | Philadelphia. It is postmarked: Philadelphia | Pa | Sep 8 85 | 1 PM. [back]
2. The postmark establishes the date. Whitman was "unwell" from July 20 to September 3, 1885 (Whitman's Commonplace Book, Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.). [back]