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[Text: Edgar Allan Poe (?), Notice "On Milton J. Saunders" (A), from The Evening Mirror (New York), February 15, 1845, p. 2, col. 3.]


THE MR. SAUNDERS who has lately acquired so much distinction as the inventor, or at least as one of the inventors of the electric light, is now on his way to England with the view, perhaps of securing there that assistance in the completion of his scheme which is not afforded him in his own country.

We have noticed in several journals a denial of Mr. Saunder's claims to originality in this invention; but on the other hand we are assured , through Mr. Saunders himself, that the Professor Faraday expresses himself in warm terms, not only in respect to the importance of the new light, but in regard to the claims of Mr. Saunders as its inventor.

Mrs. S. is the Milton J. Saunders who has, for so long a time, occupied a favorable position in Western Literature. Some of his sketches of Indian atrocity, and of Indian "perils by field and flood" have been remarkable for their vivid and thrilling interest.


[This item was attributed to Poe by T. O. Mabbott and W. D. Hull. Mabbott's notes at the University of Iowa say, "very uncertain -- but interest is Poe's." Mabbott also comments that "Saunders contrib. To Grah. [[Graham's Magazine]] & SEP [[Saturday Evening Post]] about 1841-1842." Hull says only, "Poe is probably the author." ]

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