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Walt Whitman to William Ingram, 21 March [1888]

The Herald has just come—all right2


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: Wm Ingram | Tea Store—31 north 2d St: | Phila:. It is postmarked: Camden, N.J. | Mar 21 | 430 PM | 88. [back]
  • 2. See also Whitman's letter to Ingram of September 9, 1887. [back]
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