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Title: William Ingram to Walt Whitman, 24 December 1890

Date: December 24, 1890

Whitman Archive ID: aas.00025

Source: Bolton-Stanwood Family Papers, American Antiquarian Society. Transcribed from digital images or a microfilm reproduction of the original item. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Related item: Whitman drew a line in ink through this letter. On the back, he wrote draft of his poem, "Ship Ahoy!," which is signed and dated "Jan. 2 1891."

Contributors to digital file: Andrew David King, Cristin Noonan, and Stephanie Blalock

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William S. Ingram,
(Opposite Christ Church.)
Phila., Pa.,
12 mo 24 1890

Walt Whitman.
Dear Friend:

I send you over to-day Tea, Coffee Spices and a bottle of wine as a Christmas Present.

Hoping you will have a pleasant one and many of them

I remain
your friend,
Wm Ingram
per W S.I.

William Ingram, a Quaker, kept a tea store—William Ingram and Son Tea Dealers—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). Ingram and his wife visited the physician Richard Maurice Bucke and his family in Canada in 1890.


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