Title: Walt Whitman to William Ingram, 9 September 1887
Date: September 9, 1887
Source: The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 4:120. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.
Location: Private Collection of Professor Harold D. Kelling.
Whitman Archive ID: prc.00115
Contributors to digital file: Alex Ashland, Stefan Schöberlein, Caterina Bernardini, and Stephanie Blalock
328 Mickle Street
Sept 9 '87
Thanks for the box of grapes wh' reach'd me safely—We have been eating them—sending plates to certain old women (sick or half sick)—& making jelly. Thanks to Mr Unger.
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 | Tea Dealer | 31 North 2d Street | Philadelphia. It is postmarked: Camden, N.J. | S(?) | (?) | 87. [back]