Text: various, “Addendum,” for The Poe Log (1987)





The following addendum represent only what might be considered significant additions and corrections to the main entries in The Poe Log. They have been culled from various sources and provided or suggested by various people. In general, these sources and people will be credited in each specific entry.


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[1835] 3 OCTOBER. NEW YORK. The New-York Mirror puffs Theodore S. Fay’s Norman Leslie a fourth time by quoting a passage from the novel. [The puff noted in the issue of 10 October is actually the fifth selection from the novel to be printed in the Mirror. Moss, in Poe’s Literary Battles also fails to cite the 3 October item.]

[1835] 7 OCTOBER. RICHMOND. In addition to the portions of her long letter cited in the main text of The Poe Log, Mrs. Clemm notes that her son, Henry, is “in his 18th year and at the granite stone cutting business in Baltimore.” This statement is one of several omitted in all previous printings of the letter. (J. Savoye, “Some Updates on Poe’s Correspondence,” E. A. Poe Review, vol. XIII, no. 1, Spring 2012, pp. 13.)


[1836] 27 AUGUST. NEW YORK. The New Yorker prints a long review of the Southern Literary Messenger for August. Among the Poe-related comments are the following:

Israfel — by E. A. Poe — is striking but not happy.”

The City of Sin, by E. A. Poe. — The writer may perchance become a good, but never a successful (by which we mean a popular) poet. He places himself too uniformly and thoroughly without the range of human sympathies.”

“The Editorial articles of the Messenger are spirited, and its reviews of the right stamp, independent and discriminating. From one paper [Pinakidia] we have extracted several curious literary annotations, which we have entitled ‘Scraps’ and ‘Gems of Sacred Poetry.’ THe merit of too many of the paragraphs is obscured to the common reader by the profusion of Greek and Latin, but for which we should have made room for it entire.”

The excerpt they have renamed as “Scraps” appears on p. 359, reprinting Pinakidia entries 109, 113, 135, 136, 138, 140 and 141. The excerpt renamed as “Gems of Sacred Poetry,” appears on p. 360, reprinting Pinakidia entries 146, 150, 171 and 172.

[1836] 26 SEPTEMBER. RICHMOND. Poe sends a letter to Charles Ellis, Sr. requesting $50 worth of dry goods, on credit. If approved, the materials are to be selected by Mrs. Clemm. (Poe to Charles Ellis, September 26, 1836.)


[1837] 3 JUNE. NEW YORK. The New-York American notices the American Monthly Magazine for June 1837, stating: “Von Jung, the Mystific, does not impress us at all ...” (vol. XIX, no. 1638, p. 2, col. 1)

[1837] 7 JUNE. CANANDAIGUA, NEW YORK. The Ontario Repository and Freeman (vol. XXXV, no. 12, p. 1, col. 2) includes an advertisement for the recently begun new volume of William W. Snowden’s Ladies Companion, mentioning that “Negotiations have been commenced with an additional number of popular writers, for original contributors for the ensuing year, among them are E. L. Bulwer, Miss Leslie, J. G. Percival, R. S. McKenzie, Mrs. E. F. Ellett, .... E. Burke Fisher, Edgar A. Poe, .... Mrs. Childs, in conjunction with those who have heretofore favored the Ladies’ Companion with original contributions.” Nothing appears to have come of these negotiations, at least in regard to Poe. A number of the other authors noted did provide contributions that were published in this volume (vol. VII, May-Oct. 1837).


[1838] 30 JUNE. NEW YORK. The New York Evening Post includes the name of “Virgina E. Poe” among the people with letters remaining at the US Post Office. The entry is repeated in the same newspaper for July 2 and 3. (The name and purpose of the correspondent are unknown.)


[1840] 30 SEPTEMBER. The Pennsylvania Telegraph (Harrisburg, PA) contains the following notice (vol. X, no. 14, p. 3, col. 3):

The Penn Magazine.

There are few gentlemen connected with the periodical press of our country, better known or more universally admired than Edgar A. Poe, Esq, and his friends will be gratified to learn that a definite period has been fixed for the appearance of his contemplated Penn Magazine; which is the first of January next. If ever we had an objection to Mr. Poe, it was the extreme causticity of the critical remarks ascribed to him when conducting the Southern Literary Messenger, this he promises to ameliorate, and therefore we expect from him one of the best magazines in our country. We shall look with anxiety for its appearance, as it must prove an ornament to our national literature.


[1842] 2 APRIL. A brief review of Graham’s Magazine for April appears in the New York Tribune (vol. I, no 29):

The literary contents of this number are unusually good. With all his errors in judgement, and faults in general spirit and style, E. A. POE, the Editor of this Magazine, gives to its pages a high value and interest. His criticisms, for ability and fearlessness, are equalled by those of few writers in the country. LOWELLS Poems, LONGFELLOWS Poems, and HAWTHORNES ‘Twice Told Tales,’ are reviewed somewhat at length, and the editor furnishes also a paper entitled ‘Life in Death.’ — There is a variety of other valuable and entertaining matter, and two splendid engravings, entitled ‘The Wife’ and ‘Return from Hawking.’

[1842] ABOUT APRIL?. In a letter, Poe reminds E. L. Carey about “The Pit and the Pendulum,” apparently previously offered for The Gift of 1843. The name of the tale is not specified, but Poe notes that it will fill about 18 pages of the annual, indicating that a manuscript has not yet been sent. Poe dates the letter only as “Thursday Morning,” and addresses it as from the “Office Graham’s Magazine.” (Ostrom, Pollin, Savoye, eds., Letters, 2008, 1:328-329.)

[1842] 19 DECEMBER. PHILADELPHIA. Poe files for bankruptcy in the District Court of the United States in Philadelphia. His debts, as listed in the document, total just over $2,000. (Barbara Cantalupo, “Interview with Jefferson Moak,” E. A. Poe Review, vol. VIII, no. 2, Fall 2007, pp. 92-98.)


[1843] 13 JANUARY. PHILADELPHIA. Poe’s bankruptcy is granted by the District Court of the United States. (Barbara Cantalupo, “Interview with Jefferson Moak,” E. A. Poe Review, vol. VIII, no. 2, Fall 2007, pp. 92-98.)

[1843] APRIL. LONDON. A brief but highly favorable review of The Gift for 1843 appears in the Forgein and Colonial Quarterly Review. After ridiculing the origins of the American “Gift” books, the reviewer observes that the “immense progression making in the arts in America was never more thoroughly manifest.” Poe is not mentioned by name, but his contribution to the book is commented upon as “... the lovers of the dark and terrible may ‘sup full of horrors’ on a tale of the Inquisition, entitled ‘The Pit and the Pendulum,’ which, although a palpable imitation of Mr. Mudford’s powerful tale of the ‘Iron Shroud,’ is, nevertheless, both clever and effective.”

[1843] 18 OCTOBER. NEW YORK. An address to the people of the United States in behalf of the American Copyright Club is adopted and published by the newly formed club as a twenty-page pamphlet. The address is written by William Cullen Bryant, Cornelius Mathews, and Francis L. Hawk. Among the 195 signators appears the name of Edgar A. Poe, as an “associate member.” (According to Meredith McGill, the list of names “must be treated with some skepticism in that it excludes only those authors who, when invited to join, explicitly declined membership.” See McGill, American Literature and the Culture of Reprinting, 1834-1853, Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2003, p. 296, note 20.)

[1843] LATE. PHILADELPHIA. Although dated as 1844, the miniature book called Gems from the American Poets is published by H. Hooker (with a copyright of 1843 and newspaper notices appearing as early as November 1843). The content is extracted from Griswold’s The Poets and Poetry of America, and includes condensed biographical notices by Griswold of the poets selected. The prefactory notice states:

This little volume embraces specimens from the works of the most popular American Poets, and is presented as a companion to the “Gems from teh American Femal Poets,” issued by the publisher in 1842. Its small size prevented the editor from giving selections from a considerable number of authors whose writings are not less worthy of adminration than much which the book contains.

Among the 27 authors who are included are several prominent names, among them Bryant, Halleck, Longfellow and Whittier, but also such minor poets as James Otis Rockwell, Walter Colton and Rufus Dawes. Entirely omitted is Poe, perhaps reflecting his current personal standing with Griswold.


[1844] 18 FEBRUARY. PHILADELPHIA. Poe writes to Louis J. Cist, asking about Mrs. Nichols and stating that he is “upon the point of quitting Philadelphia for some weeks.” (Ostrom, Pollin, Savoye, eds., Letters, 2008, 1:425-426.)

[1844] 12 MARCH. READING, PENNSYLVANIA. Poe checks into the Manion House Hotel. The entry in the register is made by the clerk as “Mr. Poe” of “Philada,” and entered into the log for March 13, with the additional notation of “12th. inst.,” presumably because Poe came to the hotel very late on the previous day. (Charles J. Adams III, “Poe in Reading, PA,” E. A. Poe Review, vol. X, no. 2, Fall 2009, pp. 144-148.)


[1845] 18 FEBRUARY. NEW YORK. Poe leaves a note for E. L. Duyckinck: “I have the honor to leave for you, with Mr Mathews, a few of my stories, selected from about sixty, as having the best chance of popularity.” (Ostrom, Pollin, Savoye, eds., Letters, 2008, 1:486.)

[1845] 17 APRIL. NEW YORK. The Morning Courier and New York Enquirer advertises a repeat of Poe’ lecture at the Society Library, and comments:

“Mr. E. A. POE, as will be seen by an advertisement in another column, repeats This Evening, at the Society Library, his Lecture on “American Poets and Poetry.” The Lecture has excited so much attention and been so freely criticised, that we doubt not it will be heard with eagerness by a large audience.

Many of Mr. POE’s strictures we deem unjust; and few, we presume, would coincide with them to their full extent. Still this is a matter of minor importance. The boldness, ability and careful study of the subjects which the discourse evinces, entitle it to attention; and the very general interest which it has excited must render its its [[sic]] repetition welcome to many who desire to hear it.” (Mourning Courier and New York Enquirer, vol. XXXII, whole no. 5561, p. 2, col. 5)

[1845] 1 NOVEMBER. Poe’s name is one of 20 listed (among more than 220 signers cited) in a formal request to Norwegian violin virtuoso Ole B. Bull in Philadelphia that he give yet one more concert in New York City before he leaves America. The request is printed in the New York Herald for November 12. Ole Bull’s last scheduled concert was in Musical Fund Hall in Philadelphia to “honor George Washington,” but the request suggests that he must come once more to New York to get a full audience and a proper goodbye. The violinist replied to their request from Philadelphia on November 6. The timing, and other names listed — including Parke Godwin, Herman S. Saroni, L. Maria Child, Cath. Sedgwick and Horace Greeley — indicate a movement that was probably initiated in one of the famous soirees hosted by Anne C. Lynch. (This information provided by Ton Fafianie, Oct. 5, 2012.)

[1845] 20-29 NOVEMBER. NEW YORK. The New York Tribune includes the name of Neilson Poe among the people with letters remaining at the US Post Office. The entry is repeated in the same newspaper for several days. (The name and purpose of the correspondent are unknown, but the fact that a letter was sent to him in New York suggests that he may have been visiting the city for an extended period around this time. Whether or not he had any interaction with his cousin Edgar on this visit is not known.)

[1845] 2, 5, 8 DECEMBER. NEW YORK. In addition to the three noted in the main text for The Poe Log, Poe also sends copies of his anatatic letter to Geoge Poe, Jr. (of Mobile, Alabama), William P. Smith (of Gloucester County, Virginia), and John B. Morris (of Baltimore, Maryland).” (Ostrom, Pollin, Savoye, eds., Letters, 2008, 2:1236-1237.)

[1845] 11 DECEMBER. NEW YORK. An advertisement notes as “PUBLISHED THIS DAY” the first number of the fifth volume, for January of 1846, of Arthur’s Magazine, here given the fuller title of Arthur’s American Monthly Magazine of Elegant Literature and Art, although this title does not seem to have actually been used, individual issues instead bearing the title only of Arthur’s Magazine. Listed near the front of the names of contributors appears “Edgar A. Poe.” It further states that “The very best writers in the country have been employed to contribute to its pages, and the very best artists engaged to embellish it. No expense will be spared in the effort to make it emphatically the Magazine for 1846.” The price is to be $3 for a full year, which would be two volumes, with single issues being available for 25 cents each. (The advertisement is printed in the New York Daily Tribune, December 11, 1845, vol. V, no. 210, p. 3, col. 5.) In the same column, the issue is noted as currently being among the “cheap publications of the day” for sale at W. H. Graham’s.

[1845] OR LATER. NEW YORK. Poe presents a copy of Zenosius, or the Pilgrim-Convert (New York: Edward Dunigan, 1845) by Charles Constantine Pise to the young daughter of a friend, inscribing on the flyleaf: “To Miss Caroline Eugénia André [/] from her sincere friend [/] Edgar A. Poe.” Caroline’s father, William Andre, was a professor of music at Fordham College when Poe lived in the Fordham cottage and frequented the grounds and library at the college (see entry on Edgar Albert Andre, in 1848, below). Caroline married Theodore Bernard Augustus Blume on 11 October 1853. He was long a professor at Seton Hall College, in New Jersey, and died on 19 August 1883. She died on 17 February 1903, in Newark, New Jersey. The book was passed down through the family as is currently (2015) in the collection of Susan Jaffe Tane.


[1846] 10 JANUARY. NEW YORK. Poe writes to Joseph L. Chester, acknowledging a letter of December 11, 1845 and stating: “Under your nom de plume of ‘Julian Cramer’ I have known you long and more than once spoke, editorially, on your behalf. Of course, I am profoundly gratified in finding so warm a friend in one whom I so truly respect and admire.” (Ostrom, Pollin, Savoye, eds., Letters, 2008, 1:551-552.)

[1846] 24 AUGUST. NEW YORK. Poe writes to F. W. Thomas, returing, at Thomas’s request, the manuscript of his “sketches,” at least “all of it not published in the ‘Broadway Journal’. Should you wish copies of the portion published I think I may be able to find them.” Poe also alludes to the recent death of Thomas’s sister, saying “For sorrows such as this there is no consolation but in unrestrained grief.” (Ostrom, Pollin, Savoye, eds., Letters, 2008, 1:559-560.)


[1848] CA. JANUARY. NEW YORK. Publisher and bookseller Israel Post places an advertisment in one more New York newspapers, seeking a lady with neat handwriting to copy a manuscript. Applicants are requested to contact Mr. Post. Although apparently not mentioned directly in the advertisement, the manuscript to be copied is Poe’s Eureka. Nearly one hundred women apply for the position. (See CA. MARCH.)

[1848] 23 JANUARY. NEW YORK. Poe and Mrs. Clemm are two of four sponsors for the baptism of Edgar Albert Andre, born 11 December 1847 (baptismal records in the archives of Fordham University). The parents of the child were William and Aurelia André. William Andre (born before 1804 in Frankfurt, Germany) was a professor of Music at Fordham College (see entry for 1845, above). He married Aurelia Roessler (about 1818-1896) in Frederick County, Maryland on 3 January 1833, and their first child, Caroline Eugenie Andre, was born the next year. A second daughter, Mary, later Mary Andre Phelps, was born in Baltimore about 1839. William died about April 22, 1852. The other sponsors were Mary Sagemuller, who has not been identified, and Thomas Doran, probably Thomas Dolan, a young priest at the college. (The handwritten entry in the baptismal records is replete with bad spellings, even initially giving the wrong year for the child’s birth as 1848. We can be confident, however, that “Edgar E. Poe” and “Mrs. E. Clemm” were Edgar A. Poe and Mrs. M. Clemm.)

[1848] CA. MARCH. NEW YORK. Mrs. Eliza Kurtz Starr (1822-1900) copies for Poe the manuscript of Eureka at his cottage in Fordham. At that time, the manuscript apparently still bears the title “The Universe.” In addition to her pay, Poe promises to send her a copy of the book when it is printed:

I have just received five letters from you dated as follows, January 27th, February 1st and 28th [[,]] March 9 and 24 1848 all of which I now have before me; the one dated Feb. 28 was received by Mother the 15th instant and the reason it has not been answered before, is this, I have been at a place called Fordham (about 15 miles from N.Y. City) copying Mss. for a Mr Edgar A. Poe a literary gentleman, I have no doubt that you have read some of his works, for he has written a great many; the present one, however, that I have been copying differs considerably from any thing, that he has ever published before, it is some new discoveries he has made in regard to the Newtonian Law of Gravity or, as he terms it the “modus operandi” of the Newtonian Law of Gravity.” The book is titled “the Universe” when it is printed he has promised to send me a copy. I will tell you exactly how I got the “office” I saw an avertisement [[advertisement]] in the news paper for a lady to copy Ms applications to be made, to Mr Israel Post, publisher in Nassau street N.Y. I applied, and, out of nearby one hundred applications, I received the preference, my writing being much plainer than either of the others. (See Eliza K. Starr to her husband, Samuel Henry Starr, April 21, 1848, MS at the University of Virginia, MSS 10151, Box 3063.)

[1848] 18 SEPTEMBER. NEW YORK. Poe writes to John R. Thompson requesting “half a dozen copies of the last ‘Messenger’ — that containing my notice of Mrs. Lewis’s Poems,” and promising that “I will return to Richmond shortly, and will then hand you the money for these.” Poe also states that he presumes “no need of my seeing a proof of ‘The Rationale of Verse’ — I am quite willing to trust to your accuracy.” Poe further expresses his gratitude to Thompson for accepting the essay “without having thoroughly perused it, merely through kind feelings to myself personally,” and offering to refund the purchase amount or replace the article with others if Thompson has any hesitancy about publishing it. (J. Savoye, “Some Updates on Poe’s Correspondence,” E. A. Poe Review, vol. XIII, no. 1, Spring 2012, pp. 8.)


[1849] FEBRUARY 2. TROY, NY. Poe was scheduled to deliver a lecture before the Young Men’s Assocation of Troy, NY. The list of speakers for the 1848-1849 season was advertised in the Troy Daily Whig (Troy, NY), for December 12, 1848 and in the Troy Daily Budget (Troy, NY) for December 13, 1848. Other speakers listed for other dates include Alfred B. Street and Ralph W. Emerson. There is no certain record that Poe actually delivered the lecture, or what the title of the lecture was, although it may be presumed that it was his lecture on “The Poetic Principle,” which he had just delivered in Providence, RI on December 20, 1848. Poe’s letter of February 5, 1849 to Frederick Gleason states that he had just returned home “after ten days’ absence,” probably supporting the idea of a trip for the lecture. A possible connection for Poe was James E. Root, with whom he exchanged letters in 1846. Root was the chief clerk for the post office in Troy, NY, and a friend of Henry P. Filer, who was the librarian for the Young Men’s Association (1846-1864).

[1849] BEFORE 30 JUNE. NEW YORK. Poe writes to John R. Thompson, registering a general complain about many of his male friends: “Just when I most needed aid and sympathy from them, they turned upon me, some with a civil sneer, others with brutal, outspoken rudeness, and left me struggling in the mire, unpitied, lonely, desperate. But women do not argue logically as to one’s merits, or demerits: they follow certain heart instincts more profound sometimes than the deductions of philosophy, and so (God eternally bless them!) they have been angels of mercy to me, and have tenderly led me from the verge of ruin while men stood aloof and mocked.” (Ostrom, Pollin, Savoye, eds., Letters, 2008, 2:820-821.)



Information in this addendum has been accumulated from various sources, generally as noted for each entry. Several items are based on material graciously provided to the Poe Society by Ton Fafianie.


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