POE EDGAR ALLAN (1809-1849).

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POE EDGAR ALLAN (1809-1849).
Signed autograph letter, signed « Edgar A Poe », Richmond (Virginia) 12 November 1836, to Edgar S. VAN WINKLE lawyer in New York; halfpage, in-4 format; address; in English.
Rare letter as editor of the Southern Literary Messenger.
« Dear Sir, at the suggestion of your brother, the editor of The Natchez Courier, I take the liberty of addressing you, and of soliciting a contribution for the Southern Literary Messenger published in this city by Mr T. W. White. It would aff ord me the greatest pleasure if you could aid us in this way. Mr Peter G. Van Winkle of Parkersburg, V[irgini]a has written for our magazine, and your brother in Natchez promises his aid. He informs us that you have by you (most probably) a M.S. on the Study of the Law in the U.S. — which it would give us pleasure to insert in the Messenger, if you have devoted it to no better purpose »…
Edgar Allan Poe was the editor of The Southern Literary Messenger from 1835 to 1837. There he published reviews, essays, short stories and poems, but he ended up being fi red for alcoholism, despite all the friendship the director Thomas W. White had for Poe.
There are three autograph lines added by Thomas Willis WHITE (1788-1843, friend of Poe and Director of the Southern Literary Messenger).
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