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The Southern Literary Messenger, 1834-1864  (1905) 
by Benjamin Blake Minor
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THE SOUTHERN LITERARY

MESSENGER

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Benjamin Blake Minor

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The Southern Literary
Messenger

1834-1864



by

BENJAMIN BLAKE MINOR, LL. D.

Editor and Proprietor from 1843 to 1847



"Augré de nos desirs, bien plus qu'augré des vents"
 Crebillon's Electre

As we will, not as the winds will



NEW YORK and WASHINGTON

THE NEALE PUBLISHING COMPANY

1905

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COPYRIGHT, 1905

BY

BENJAMIN BLAKE MINOR, LL. D.

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DEDICATION


THE FOLLOWING WORK IS AFFECTIONATELY DEDICATED TO THE AUTHOR'S KINDRED AND DESCENDANTS, AND TO THOSE OF THE CONTRIBUTORS TO THE SOUTHERN LITERARY MESSENGER, IN ALL PARTS OF THE UNITED STATES.


Richmond, Va., January 2nd, 1905.

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CONTENTS

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ILLUSTRATIONS

The Author
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Frontispiece
Facing page
James E. Heath. First Editor. From an oil portrait owned by his grandson, Prof. R. H. Dabney, who kindly furnished it
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Edgar Allan Poe. Second Editor. From the beautiful minature owned by Mr. Robert Lee Taylor, who so generously granted to this work the great privilege of being the first to use it
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Lieut Mathew Fontaine Maury, U. S. N. Third (known) editor. Borrowed from his Life. By his daughter, Mrs. Nannie Corbin
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Benjamin Blake Minor. Fourth Editor. From an old portrait painted in Richmond (about 1845) whilst he was editing the Messenger, by Mr. Thomas C. Ruckle, of Baltimore, Md
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La Visionnaire. Mrs. Virginia Otey Minor. From an oil portrait painted in Columbia, Tenn., some time after her marriage, by a Mr. Hart, of Philadelphia
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John R. Thompson. Fifth Editor. Kindly given by Mr. Charles Marshall Graves, though he expects to make public use of it himself. Such friendly liberality evokes the warmest appreciation
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Wm. Macfarlane. Kindly furnished by his grand-daughter, Mrs. C. W. Morris, and her brother, Wm. Mac. Jones
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John W. Fergusson. Kindly furnished, on request, by his children. Macfarlane & Fergusson were with the Messenger from its beginning; printed it, published it and finally owned both the Magazine and its printing establishment
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Dr. George William Bagby. Sixth Editor. Kindly furnished, on request, by his estimable relict
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This work was published before January 1, 1923, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.