Text: Edgar Allan Poe to Peter D. Bernard — March 24, 1843 (LTR-157)


Philadelphia March 24, 1843.

My Dear Sir,

With this letter I mail to your address a number of the “Philadelphia Saturday Museum”, containing a Prospectus of “The Stylus”, a Magazine which I design to commence on the first of July next, in connexion with Mr Thomas C. Clarke, of this city.

My object in addressing you is to ascertain if the list of “The South: Lit: Messenger” is to be disposed of, and, if so, upon what terms. We are anxious to purchase the list and unite it with that of “The Stylus,” provided a suitable arrangement could be made. I should be happy to hear from you upon the subject.

I hear of you occasionally, and most sincerely hope that you are doing well. Mrs Clemm & Virginia desire to be remembered to all our old acquaintances. Believe me,

Yours truly
Edgar A Poe
P. D. Bernard Esqre



This letter was apparently prompted by the death of T. W. White, on January 19, 1843. As White was the owner of the Southern Literary Messenger, Poe seems to have presumed that the magazine would cease publication. Instead, it continued for another 21 years. Peter D. Bernard was White's son-in-law.


[S:0 - MS, 1843] - Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore - Works - Letters - Poe to P. D. Bernard (LTR157/RCL425)