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Title: Charles F. Wingate to Walt Whitman, 5 October 1886

Date: October 5, 1886

Whitman Archive ID: loc.04500

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[Hanover Square.]
New York
Oct 5 1886

Dear Sir,

Poet of Democracy have you no message to the struggling masses, [illegible] for Henry George2 in New York—

Speak with no uncertain sound

C F Wingate

In March 1870, Charles Frederick Wingate (1848–1909) was serving as a New York correspondent for the Republican of Springfield, Massachusetts. In the 1880s and 90s, he became Sanitary Engineer in New York City, delivering lectures and writing newspaper columns about the city's sanitation practices and problems.


1. This letter is addressed: Walt Whitman Esq | Camden | NJ. The return address is: CHARLES F. WINGATE, | CONSULTING SANITARY ENGINEER, | Expert Examination of Plumbing, Heating and Ventilation, | NO. 119 PEARL STREET, NEW YORK. It is postmarked: NEW YORK | OCT 5 | 1 PM | 86; CAMDEN, N.J. | OCT | 6 | 7 AM | 1886 | REC'D. [back]

2. Henry George (1839–1897) was an American writer and political economist whose writings inspired a variety of reform movements in the Progessive Era. [back]


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