The Museum Collection

Letter from William Fairman to John Bisco (Broadway Journal) September 26, 1845

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Creator: William Fairman
Date: September 26, 1845
Format: Letter
Collection: Poe Foundation, Inc.
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William Fairman was a traveling representative for the Broadway Journal, a magazine Edgar Allan Poe edited and briefly owned. Fairman writes this letter from Baltimore to the Broadway Journal editor and co-owner John Bisco in New York. In the letter, Fairman details his efforts to enlist subscribers for the magazine and mentions that one of Poe's Baltimore friends, the writer John Pendleton Kennedy, plans to visit Poe in New York.

Fairman reports in this and other letters his difficulties in selling subscriptions to the journal, which had been struggling for months. The Jul 5, 1845 issue's publication had been suspended, and one of the owners, Charles Briggs left the journal. John Bisco, the recipient of this letter, would leave in the journal in October 1845. The magazine ceased publication after the January 3, 1846 issue.

This letter is among a collection of documents from the files of the Broadway Journal, the last of the journals Poe edited and the only one Poe ever owned. Also in this collection are the memoranda of agreement for the magazine as well as several other letters to Poe and the other editors. The collection descended from Mrs. Lockwood Phillips of Beaufort, North Carolina to Mr. R.D. Ewell of West Nyack, New York.