Text: Edgar Allan Poe to Sarah H. Whitman — September 5, 1848 (LTR-276)


New-York — Sep. 5. 48.

Dear Madam —

Being engaged in making a collection of autographs of the most distinguished American authors, I am, of course, anxious to procure your own, and if you would so far honor me as to reply, however briefly, to this note, I would take it as a very especial favor.

Resy Yr mo. ob. st
Edward S. T. Grey.

Mrs Sarah Helen Whitman



The precise origin of the pseudonym “Edward S. T. Grey” is not known, though Poe used it on at least one other occasion.

The following note appears on the envelope, written in the hand of Mrs. S. H. Whitman: “Sent by E. A. P. under an assumed name in order to ascertain if [I was] in Providence.”


[S:0 - MS, 18xx] - Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore - Works - Letters - Poe to S. H. Whitman (LTR276/RCL720)