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Postscript: the Coney Island House Register

Feb 8, 2012 10:59 AM | 4 comments

For those of you fascinated by the idea that Poe, Melville and friends might have met at Coney Island, and for those certain they could not possibly have done so, here is a scan of the full page of the hotel register for Wednesday September 5th, 1849.


2/10/2012 7:23:38 PM #

Look what I found !  Look at middle of page.

A most distinguished member of the Leavenworth family was E. W. Leavenworth, of Syracuse, N.Y. He was secretary of state from 1850 to 1854. He, too, was identified with the military, but entirely with New York state organizations. He held the rank of brigadier general, and many important civil positions. In fact, he was considered to be one of the very big men, of that big state, in his day.

Brad Parker of Boston

2/10/2012 8:47:15 PM #

Found that Wm. Gilmore Simms (near bottom of page)
wrote a letter to E. A. Poe in 1846.  He was evidently also a writer.

Brad Parker of Boston

2/10/2012 9:00:20 PM #

Notice that Poe's name has Philadelphia (Phil.) to the right
of it.  Poe lived there for 6 yrs. and some contend that it
was the most prolific & happiest period of his life.

Brad Parker of Boston

2/13/2012 10:13:58 AM #

Thanks for the fascinating comments. Please note that comments are moderated and may not appear on the site immediately. You are most welcome to come and look at the register!