Text: Edgar Allan Poe to Sarah H. Whitman — December 16, 1848 (LTR-293)


New-York City —
Saturday, 2 P. M.

My own dearest Helen —

Your letters — to my mother & myself — have just been received, & I hasten to reply, in season for this afternoons [mail . . . .] I cannot be in Providence until Wednesday morning; and, as I must try and get some sleep after I arrive, it is more than probable that I shall not see you until about 2 P. M. Keep up heart — for all will go well. My mother sends her dearest love and says she will return good for evil & treat you much better than your mother has treated me. Remember me to Mr. P. & believe me

Ever Your own



By “My mother,” Poe here means, of course, his Mother-in-law, Maria Clemm. It was very common during this period for Poe, who had grown increasingly devoted to Mrs. Clemm, to refer to her as “My own dear Mother.”


[S:0 - MS, 18xx] - Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore - Works - Letters - Poe to S. H. Whitman (LTR293/RCL753)