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William Cutter

(Born: May 15, 1801 - Died: February 8, 1867)

Merchant and author. He published a biography of Lafayette, The Life of General Lafayette, New York, George F. Cooledge and Brother, 1849 (reprinted, Boston: John Philbrick, 1854). He may be the same William Cutter born May 15, 1801 in Yarmouth, Maine, to Levi Cutter and Lucretia Mitchell. This William Cutter married Margaret W. Dicks, May 29, 1828. He died on February 8, 1867.

He attended Bowdoin College, from which he graduated in 1821. In later years, he moved to Brooklyn, NY. He was a member of the congregational church, and wrote hymns for The Christian Mirror (Portland, ME). He may have had some acquaintance with Robert M. Bird.

He may have contributed to Robert Merry's Museum, a magazine for children, under the pseudonyms of Hiram H. Hiram Hatchet, and Uncle Hiram.

Criticism (Texts and Variant Texts)
  • Notice from "Autography"
    • "William Cutter" ("A Chapter on Autography" - part II) — December 1841 — Graham's Magazine

  • Griffith, George Bancroft, The Poets of Maine, Portland, ME: Elwell, Pickard & Co., 1888, pp. 66-68.

  • Heartman, Charles F. and James R. Canny, A Bibliography of First Printings of the Writings of Edgar Allan Poe, Hattiesburg, MS: The Book Farm, 1943.
  • Mabbott, Thomas Ollive, ed., The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe (Vols 2-3 Tales and Sketches), Cambridge, Mass.: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1978. (Second printing 1979)
  • Thomas, Dwight and David K. Jackson, The Poe Log: A Documentary Life of Edgar Allan Poe 1809-1849, Boston: G. K. Hall & Sons, 1987.

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