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[Text: Edgar Allan Poe (?), Notices of Goldsmith's Gems of Penmanship and the "American Journal of Fine Arts" (A), from The Evening Mirror (New York), January 14, 1845, p. 2, col. 5.]


[page 2, column 5:]

MR. GOLDSMITH. -- We have never seen more perfect specimens of chirography, than those which take shape under the swift movements of Mr. Goldsmith's pen. Te art which he practises with such facility, he teaches with equal ease and uniform success. His system is infallible if properly followed out and adhered to; in fact the person who complies with its rules, cannot write a cramped or illegible hand. We observe that in Mr. Goldsmith's new work, the "Gems of Penmanship," this system is given, and is elegantly illustrated by choice specimens of penmanship.

[[Next is a brief notice titled: "The Orphan Family," which is not attributed to Poe.] ]

AMERICAN JOURNAL OF FINE ARTS. -- W. B. Taylor & Co., Publishers, No. 4 Barclay Street. This journal has been changed from a monthly to a semi-monthly, and is to have in future additional force placed upon it. As the organ of the Art Union, and the medium through which Art and Artists can speak, it ought to be well sustained and ably conducted. Such a paper is needed, and the patrons of Art should have it in their keeping.


[Both of these items were attributed to Poe by W. D. Hull as "may be Poe's." Hull mentions again the Goldsmith notice of the same item from December 30, but says "There is nothing to connect the two notices except identity of opinion." For the notice of the American Journal of Fine Arts, Hull admits, "There is nothing distinctive about it."]

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