John Collins McCabe


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John Collins McCabe

John Collins McCabe
From a quarter-plate daguerreotype, taken about 1862-1865

(Born: November 12, 1810 - Died: February 26, 1875)

American clergyman and author. Published a collection of poetry in 1835, Scraps (Richmond: J. C. Walker). Previously, these poems had appeared in Atkinson’s Casket, the Baltimore Saturday Visiter, and elsewhere. He studied medicine, but left school to become a bank clerk. In 1845, he became an Episcopalian minister. Married Eliza Sophia Gordon Taylor Smith on August 7, 1838. He died at Chambersburg, PA. During the Civil War, he served as the Chaplin General to the Confederate Military Prisons of Libby and Castle Thunder, in Richmond, VA.

Poe gave a manuscript of “Irene, the Dead” to McCabe, about January 1837

 

 


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Criticism:

  • Jno. McCabe” (“A Chapter on Autography” - part II) — December 1841 — Graham’s Magazine

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Bibliography:

  • Brown, John Howard, ed., Lamb’s Biographical Dictionary of the United States, Boston: Federal Book Company of Boston, 1903, 5:889.
  • Mabbott, Thomas Ollive, ed., The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe (Vols 2-3 Tales and Sketches), Cambridge, Mass.: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1978. (Second printing 1979)
  • Thomas, Dwight and David K. Jackson, The Poe Log: A Documentary Life of Edgar Allan Poe 1809-1849, Boston: G. K. Hall & Sons, 1987.

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