Text: Nathaniel P. Willis to Edgar Allan Poe — November 12, 1847


Home Journal Office,
Nov. 12.

My Dear Poe, —

I could not find time possibly to go to the concert, but why did you not send the paragraph yourself. You knew of course that it would go in. I had a letter, not long since, from your sister enquiring where you were & supposing you had mov’d, I could not inform her. You seem as neglectful of your sister as I am of mine: but private letters are “the last ounce that breaks the camel’s back” of a literary man.

Yours very truly,
N. P. Willis



Ostrom, following Harrison, misdates this letter as 1844. The reference to the “Home Journal Office” forces a later date since that periodical was not formed until 1846. James B. Reece, in his dissertation on Poe and the New York Literati (1954), dates the letter as 1847, assuming that Poe’s letter of December 8, 1847 is in reply.


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