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John Tomlin

(Born: 1806 - Died: July 4, 1850)

American postmaster, merchant, and minor poet and author. (see newspaper, Daily Nashville True Whig of July 23, 1850???) He died at the New Orleans Charity Hospital.

Born in Sumner District, SC. He was a friend of William Gilmore Simms. He served as the postmaster of Jackson, TN from Feb. 24, 1841 - Dec. 23, 1847.

Shelley's Grave and Other Poems by John Tomlin, Philadelphia: Lyceum Press, 1843

Criticism (Texts and Variant Texts)
  • Notice from "Autography"
    • "Jno. Tomlin" ("A Chapter on Autography" - part II) — December 1841 — Graham's Magazine


  • Heartman, Charles F. and James R. Canny, A Bibliography of First Printings of the Writings of Edgar Allan Poe, Hattiesburg, MS: The Book Farm, 1943.
  • 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)
  • Mabbott, Thomas Ollive, "Correspondence of John Tomlin," Notes & Queries, (June 18, 1932, April 28, 1933, and Jan. 6, 1934), 162:437,  164:293-294; 166:6-7.
  • Phillips, Elizabeth C., The Literary Life of John Tomlin, Friend of Poe, diss. Tennesee, 1953. (See also West Tennessee Historical Society Papers (1954) 8:39-54)
  • 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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