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[Text: Edgar Allan Poe (?), Comment "Discreditable in every Respect" (A), from The Evening Mirror (New York), January 24, 1845, p. 2, col. 3.]


DISCREDITABLE IN EVERY RESPECT. -- The American Ensign complains, with much justice, of a wrong perpetrated by a "publication house of some standing" against two young beginners in the periodical business. They purchased the MS of the pamphlet "Richmond in Ruins," printed it, advertised it, and published it, at much expense of course. They neglected, however to secure a copyright, and their edition has been pirated to their great injury, if not ruin.

The gross injustice -- the positive fraud -- needs no comment; but we sincerely hope that it may miss its aim. We willingly give our aid in calling attention to the fact, and hope that no person who becomes aware of them will purchase the pirated edition of this "Richmond in Ruins."


[This item was attributed to Poe by T. O. Mabbott. Mabbott's notes at the University of Iowa say, "very prob." This item is not mentioned by Heartman & Canny or Hull.]

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