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Correspondence

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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
Camden1
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.


Walt Whitman


Correspondent:
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).

Notes:

1. This letter is addressed: Wm Ingram | Tea Dealer | 31 North 2d Street | Philadelphia. It is postmarked: Camden, N.J. | S(?) | (?) | 87. [back]


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