Early writings of George Lippard, Philadelphia Crime writer


Philadelphia City Police beat:

Lippard began his career as a publishing writer in January 1842 when he joined the staff of The Spirit of the Times, a Locofoco Democratic newspaper in Philadelphia edited by John S. DuSolle. Lippard served as a police reporter for several months in early 1842, attending the Mayor’s Court each day and writing up, under the “City Police” heading, the cases that were brought before it: mostly thieves, drunks, prostitutes, vagabonds, and other disorderly types.

Collected here is a representative selection of Lippard’s daily “City Police” columns, chosen to illustrate his inventiveness with this journalistic form and the rapid development of his literary ambitions. At first Lippard wrote under the pseudonym “Toney Blink,” and even at the start he facetiously imagined collecting his columns into a book to serve as a school text (A1)—a sign of writerly goals exceeding the police beat—but after a month he announced the retirement of Toney Blink and his replacement by one “Billy Brier,” the pen name he employed thereafter (see A6 below). Lippard had always improved rather freely upon his raw police court material, but the new moniker seems to have signaled a marked escalation of his literary ambition: his characters became all the more colorful, his dramatic persona as a writer became all the more distinctive, and he even pretended one day to be commencing a romantic novel “done up in Bulwerian style, with a small spice of the Bozian picturesqueness” (A8). When “Boz” himself (Charles Dickens) came to town on his first American tour, Brier purported to have received a letter from the distinguished literary visitor requesting a meeting with his fellow “genius” (A9). Dickens’ visit both captured Lippard’s imagination (he admired Dickens immensely), and stirred his resentment (because the respectable literary establishment in Philadelphia monopolized Dickens’ time, fawned over him excessively, and isolated him from low-status penny paper reporters like Lippard). In addition to his “City Police” coverage of Dickens’ visit, Lippard simultaneously wrote a large quantity of other news reports on the matter, which are collected as a separate series here (the “Boz” series, below).

In addition to the evidence of growing literary ambition, the “City Police” columns display Lippard’s emerging political indignation. Needless to say, daily reporting on petty crime brought Lippard into contact with the most unfortunate and desperate of Philadelphia’s residents. Although he was wont to make comedy out of their misdemeanors, he was also keenly alert to the social injustice on unmistakable display in Philadelphia’s streets; for example, in “You’d Better Read It” (A13), he tells of the arrest and incarceration of an old man, Jacob Achan, who was hungry and tired and therefore laid down to sleep in a market stall, only to be arrested for the offense. This poor and weary old man provided Lippard with an opportunity to rail against the corrupt bank directors, thieving lawyers, greedy office-seekers, hypocritical ministers, and cheating merchants who would always be the favorite objects of Lippard’s political wrath.

The January 5 installment (A1) was apparently Lippard’s first contribution as “City Police” reporter for The Spirit of the Times, and the April 9 installment (A14) was his last.

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Poeiana – Poe Birthday Celebrations


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Poeiana – Boston Statue/Roger Corman/Travel/Plunkert/Nevermore Review


Congrats to Edgar Allan Poe, and to Boston for arranging such a nice home coming.
Also thanks to Katherine Jihyun Kim, PhD, a true fan and “Poe Guy”.

Ric Ben-Safed
President and founder of the “George Lippard Society”

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Favorite Author Duane Swierczynski to speak at Free Library of Philadelphia (central ) Feb 26, 2015.


Upcoming Author Events on February 26, 2015
lippman_swierczinski.jpg Laura Lippman | Hush Hush: A Tess Monaghan Novel with Duane Swierczynski | Canary (A)
Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 7:30PM Add to your calendar

Central Library
Cost: FREE
No tickets required. For Info: 215-567-4341.

Laura Lippman’s detective fiction includes the popular Tess Monaghan series of novels, the New York Times bestselling What the Dead Know, and Every Secret Thing. Her books have won a plethora of crime and mystery book awards, including the Agatha, Edgar, and Nero. A former Baltimore Sun reporter, she now teaches writing at Goucher College. In Hush Hush, Tess Monaghan investigates a murderer who has returned to her uneasy family after a long absence. Duane Swierczynski is the author of numerous crime novels, including the Edgar-nominated Expiration Date, Secret Dead Men, and the Charlie Hardy trilogy. He has also written dozens of comics for both Marvel and D.C., and has published six works of nonfiction. In Canary, Swierczynski tells the story of a college student-turned-drug informant who must outsmart the criminals—and cops—who hold her life in the balance.

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Family of VP George M.Dallas, James Dallas, An Anglican Priest of the Church of England.


James Dallas was the nephew of US Treasury Secretary Alexander J. Dallas)

and was the first cousin of the US Senator and vice president George M. Dallas.

His Father was related by marriage to Lord Byron and a friend of his,

Alexander compiled a book of recollections and correspondence with his father and Lord Byron.

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My thanks and appreciation to Herb Moskowitz for this information, which I have re-posted to my WordPress Blog on George Lippard’s “Quaker City” blog. George Lippard was one of many Philadelphia authors and writers. George Lippard also raised money to give to Edgar A. Poe. Poe wrote a letter praising Lippards writing, and Lippard later printed the letter as if it were an endorsement of his writing style, which it obviously wasn’t. Poe unfortunately never learned how to manage his addiction to Alcohol and died suddenly in Baltimore as a result of Delirium. (Though many fans of Poe’s refuse to accept the obvious Alcoholism as a contributing cause of his death, they are so devoted, they would prefer to ‘deny’ that reality. A shame really!

Kind regards,
Ricardo Ben-Safed

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A Melancholy List of Edgar Allan Poe’s Debts,
From His Bankruptcy Petition of 1842

The Vault is Slate‘s history blog.
http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_vault/2014/11/03/edgar_allan_poe_biography_his_bankruptcy_petition_from_1842.html

Edgar Allan Poe filed for bankruptcy in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in December 1842, appending this list of creditors and debts to his petition. The writer, who supported a sick wife and a mother-in-law and lacked the backstop of family money, was constantly scraping for sufficient funds. This list shows just how extensive his array of debts was in the early 1840s.

Poe filed for bankruptcy under the short-lived federal Bankruptcy Act of 1841, which was meant to alleviate the financial strain of the Panic of 1837. The 1841 act opened the door to voluntary petitions of bankruptcy, and many Americans (both individuals and merchants) took advantage of it. Thirty-three thousand cases were filed under its auspices before it was repealed.

The Panic of 1837, instigated by a real estate bubble and worsened by instability in banking, affected Poe because the resulting climate caused many magazines to shut down. At the time, Poe was trying to support himself and his family as a writer, and commissions and positions were hard to come by.

Poe owed money to doctors for “medical attendance,” to any number of businesses for “book debt” (a standard term meaning “money owed a business for its goods or services”), to a music teacher, and to many individuals who had lent him money over the years. The creditors’ addresses are in Philadelphia, Richmond, and New York, reflecting the writer’s residencies over the past decade.

Poe’s petition was granted in January 1843.

I first spotted this document on the National Archives’ Today’s Document Tumblr, where you can see the rest of Poe’s petition.

Click on the image below to reach a zoomable version.

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National Archives and Records Administration, Philadelphia.

Rebecca Onion, who runs Slate’s history blog The Vault, is a writer and academic living in Ohio. Follow her on Twitter.

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