Text: Edgar Allan Poe to George Poe, Jr. — November 30, 1845 (LTR-217)


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New-York: Nov. 30. 45.

Dear Sir,

Since the period when (no doubt for good reasons) you declined aiding me with the loan of $50, I have perseveringly struggled, against a thousand difficulties, and have succeeded, although not in making money, still in attaining a position in the world of Letters, of which under the circumstances, I have no reason to be ashamed.

For these reasons — because I feel that I have exerted myself to the utmost — and because I believe that you will appreciate my efforts to elevate the family name — I now appeal to you once more for aid.

With this letter I send you a number of “The Broadway Journal” of which, hitherto, I have been merely editor and one third proprietor I have lately purchased the whole paper — and, if I can retain it, will be a fortune to me in a short time: — but I have exhausted all my resources in the purchase. In this emergency I have thought that you might not be indisposed to assist me. The loan of $200 would put me above all difficulty.

I refrain from saying any more — for I feel that if your heart is kindly disposed towards me, I have already [[. . . .]]


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Notes:

This letter is printed here with permission of the Enoch Pratt Free Library.

The rest of the letter has been cut off, presumably Mrs. Clemm who often gave Edgar’s signature to friends and supporters.


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[S:0 - MS, 18xx] - Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore - Works - Letters - Poe to G. Poe, Jr. (LTR217/RCL586)