Text: Edgar Allan Poe to John Allan — June 28, 1830 (LTR-026)


West Point
June 28th

Dear Pa,

I take the very first opportunity which I have had since arriving here of acknowledging the receipt of your letter of the 21rst May inclosing a U. S. note for $20[.] I received it 3 days ago — it has been lying some time in the W. P. post office where it was forwarded from Balto by Henry. As to what you say about the books &c I have taken nothing except what I considered my own property.

Upon arriving here I delivered my letters of recommn & was very politely received by Capn Hitchcock & Mr Ross — The examination for admission is just over — a great many cadets of good family &c have been rejected as deficient. Among these was Peyton Giles son of the Governor — James D Brown, son of Jas Brown Jr has also been dismissed for deficiency after staying here 3 years. I find that I will possess many advantages & shall endeavor to improve them. Of 130 Cadets appointed every year only 30 or 35 ever graduate — the rest being dismissed for bad conduct or deficiency [—] the Regulations are rigid in the extreme. [page 2:]

Please present my respects to Mr and Mrs Jas: Galt, Miss Valentine & Miss Carter.

I remain
respectfully & truly
Edgar A Poe

I will be much pleased if you will answer this letter.

I am in camp at present — my tent mates are Read [[sic]] & Henderson (nephew of Major Eaton) & Stockton of Phila



This letter is printed here with permission from the Valentine Museum in Richmond, Virginia. A photographic facsimile of this letter was published in Mary Newton Stanard, Edgar Allan Poe Letters Till Now Unpublished in the Valentine Museum, Richmond, Virginia, Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott, 1925.


[S:0 - MS, 1830] - Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore - Works - Letters - Poe to J. Allan (LTR026/RCL058)