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.

 


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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. A copy of this separate issue was sent to Vincent Starrett before April 27, 1943 by Thomas Ollive Mabbott, with the pencilled note: “I got a few separates as I was much concerned with the job.” Mabbott also pencils a minor change on page 17, where he alters the date of publication for The Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque from 1840 to 1839 in footnote 25.)
  • 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.

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