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[Text: Edgar Allan Poe (?), Notice of "Life and Correspondence of Thomas Arnold" (A), from The Evening Mirror (New York), February 18, 1845, p. 2, col. 2.]


LIFE AND CORRESPONDENCE OF THOMAS ARNOLD, D. D. by Arthur Penrhyn Stanley, M. A. New York, D. Appleton & Co. 1845.

We have called the attention of our readers to this work in a notice of the Westminster Review; but its remarkable merits entitle it to a separate announcement. Among Churchmen we esteem Dr. Arnold the man of the age; earnest, sincere, and devoted; prizing the establishment much, but prizing the church more. His appointment to the Regius Professorship of History in the University of Oxford was the best deserved preferment of the day, and was considered a pledge that the Puseyite innovation would receive no countenance from the government. His Lectures on History are admired wherever they are known, while as Head-master of Rugby, he is considered as having brought about a reformation in the public-schools in England. His life was one of pure and ardent benevolence, and, while he had much of the spirit of the reformer, and uttered his opinions with the utmost fearlessness, his sincerity and disinterestedness, and the overflow of his warm and generous affections, disarmed his opponents, or at least compelled their respect and love. The reception which he met from all parties in England, violent as those parties are, must must [[sic]] be regarded as the triumph of genuine goodness, a triumph, which affords abundant encouragement to those who will work for their kind in all honesty and truth.


[This item was attributed to Poe by W. D. Hull as, "probably Poe's." In his notes at the University of Iowa, however, T. O. Mabbott seems to reject the review of Arnold, saying "On the whole I do not think Poe's authorship provable," with a pencil note "Omit" and also "It is by author of notices of Westminster Review, but I'm not sure this was Poe." ]

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