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[Text: Edgar Allan Poe to Mary E. Hewitt - March 20, 1845.]


Dear Madam,

I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your little package and note.

The coincidence to which you call my attention is certainly remarkable, and the story as narrated by your brother is full of rich interest, no particle of which, most assuredly, is lost in your truly admirable paraphrase. I fear, indeed, that my enthusiasm for all that I feel to be poetry, has hurried me into some indiscretion touching the "Tale of Luzon". Immediately upon reading it, I took it to the printer, and it is now in type for the "Broadway Journal" of this week. As I re-peruse your note, however, (before depositing it among my most valued autographs) I find no positive warrant for the act -- I am by no means sure that you designed the poem for our paper. If I have erred, then, I have to beg that you will point out the penance.

Very respectfully and admiringly

Yours,

Edgar A Poe.

To. Mrs Mary E. Hewitt.

"Broadway Journal" Office

March 20 -- 45.

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