Alexander’s Weekly Messenger (Philadelphia, PA)



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Alexander’s Weekly Messenger was founded by Charles W. Alexander (1796-1866), who was associated with William Evans Burton of Burton’s Gentleman’s Magazine. Alexander ceased publication of the Salmagundi, and News of the Day with the issue of December 28, 1836, and launched his new venture on Janaury 4, 1837. Alexander’s Weekly Messenger’s own run ceased in November 1848, when it became the Family Messenger and National Gleaner, under the control of Samuel D. Patterson.

 


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Alexander’s Weekly Messenger


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Description:

Full Title: The American Weekly Messenger (January 4, 1837 - December 27, 1838); Alexander’s Weekly Messenger (January 3, 1838 - early 1842); Alexander’s Express Messenger (early 1842 - December 30, 1846); Alexander’s Express Messenger (January 6, 1847 - November 7, 1848)

Issued: Weekly, vols. I-XII (January 4, 1837 - November 7, 1848)

Editor(s): Charles W. Alexander; Edgar Allan Poe (apparently associated in some editorial capacity along with his duties at Burton’s Gentleman’s Magazine)

Publisher(s): Charles W. Alexander (1837-1848)

Location: Philadelphia, PA

 


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Large newspaper format, 4 pages printed as a single, folded sheet.

 


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Copies of Alexander’s Weekly Messenger are scarce, particularly for the early issues containing Poe material. Most of the Poe-related issues may be found in the American Antiquarian Society, or the Koester Collection at the HRCL, University of Texas at Austin. Susan Jaffe Tane owns a set of issues from Junly 10, 1839-May 6, 1840, with all of the issues containing material attributed to Poe except the issue of January 1, 1840.

 


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  • Brigham, Clarence S., “Edgar Allan Poe’s Contributions to Alexander’s Weekly Messenger,” Proceedings of the American Antiquarian Society, April 1942, 52:45-124  (This article was reprinted as a separate item in 1943.)
  • Heartman, Charles F. and James R. Canny, A Bibliography of First Printings of the Writings of Edgar Allan Poe, Hattiesburg, Mississippi: The Book Farm, 1943, pp. 184-197.
  • Mabbott, Thomas Ollive, draft introduction for an unpublished edition, dated June 26, 1961, Mabbott Collection, University of Iowa, Special Collections
  • Tane, Susan Jaffe and Gabriel McKee, Evermore: The Persistence of Poe — The Edgar Allan Poe Collection of Susan Jaffe Tane, New York: The Grolier Club, 2014, pp. 64-65 and p. 164, item 132a-m.

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