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Title: William Ingram to Walt Whitman, 12 September 1888

Date: September 12, 1888

Whitman Archive ID: loc.02360

Source: The Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. 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.

Editorial note: The annotation, "See notes Sept 14th, 1888," is in the hand of Horace Traubel.

Contributors to digital file: Jeannette Schollaert, Ian Faith, Caterina Bernardini, and Stephanie Blalock

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Telford Bucks Co Pa1

Walt Whitman
Dear Friend,

I send today by Express a basket of fruit it ought to be emptied right away. The golden rod on the top will make a boquet for you, let me know if the 2 bottles of wine got broke I hope you are feeling better Mrs Ingram still keeps weak but is able to be around I am kept very busy looking after the fruit we all send much love

from Your Friend
Wm Ingram

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.


1. This letter is addressed: Walt Whitman | 328 Mickle Street | Camden | New Jersey. It is postmarked: TELFORD | SEP | 12 | 1888 | PA; CAMDEN, N. J. | SEP | [illegible] | 6 [illegible] | [illegible] | [illegible]. Ingram's return address is printed at the top of the envelope: Return to WILLIAM INGRAM, | 31 North Second Street, PHILADELPHIA, Pa., | If not delivered within 5 days. [back]


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