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ENTERED, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1850, by
J. S. REDFIELD, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court, for the Southern District
of New York,
TO THE READER.
The late Edgar Allan Poe, who was the husband of my only daughter, the son of my eldest brother, and more than a son to myself, in his long-continued and affectionate observance of every duty to me,—under an impression that he might be called suddenly from the world, wrote (just before he left his home in Fordham, for the last time, on the 29th of June, 1849) requests that the Rev. Rufus W. Griswold should act as his literary Executor, and superintend the publication of his works ;-and that N. P. Willis, Esq., should write such observations upon his life and character, as he might deem sutable to address to thinking men, in vindication of his memory.
These requests he made with less hesitation, and with confidence that they would be fulfilled, from his knowledge of these gentlemen ; and he many times expressed a gratification of such an opportunity of decidedly and unequivocally certifying his respect for the literary judgment and integrity of Mr. Griswold, with whom his personal relations, on account of some unhappy misunderstanding, had for years been interrupted.
In this edition of my sou’s works, which is published for my benefit, it is a great pleasure for me to thank Mr. Griswold and Mr. Willis for their prompt fulfilment of the wishes of the dying poet, in labors, which demanded much time and attention, and which they have performed without any other recompense than the happiness which rewards acts of duty and kindness. I add to these expressious of gratitude to them, my acknowledg. ments to J. R. Lowell, Esquire, for his notices of Mr. Poe's genius and wri tings which are here published.