Charles Kingsley was one of several men who were associated with the Fred Gray Association, "a loose confederation of young men who seemed anxious to explore new possibilities of male-male affection" (Folsom & Price “Walt Whitman”). E. Miller explains that “during this period Walt [Whitman] was intimate with a group he called the Fred Gray Association. Not much is known about this circle. Gray, the son of a noted New York physician, took a medical degree after the war. Nathaniel Bloom became a successful merchant. Hugo Fritsch was the son of the Austrian consul. The others are only names: Charles Chauncey, Charles Kingsley, Ben Knower, Charles Russell, Perkins, and Raymond. From Whitman’s and their letters we can deduce that they were young men, that they drank and caroused together at Pfaff’s and elsewhere” (“Introduction” 11). Walt Whitman described Kingsley as "a young man, upper class, at Pfaff’s &c--fond of training for boat-racing &c." (LC #8).
In a letter to Whitman from March 21, 1863, Kingsley discussed the military travels of Fred Gray.[pages:54-55]
Described as a member of the upper class "fond of training for boat racing &c" who spent time with Whitman at Pfaff's in June and July of 1862.[pages:275]
This text identifies the following pseudonym: C.K. (24).[pages:24]
Whitman asks Fritsch to excuse him to Charles Kingsley for not writing.[pages:158]
Whitman mentions that he misses his dear friend Kingsley, and asks Bloom to send him his love[pages:143]
The Vault at Pfaff's
27 Memorial Drive West, Bethlehem, PA 18015