The Museum Collection
Poe Letter to Thomas White
Description:Shortly after Edgar Allan Poe started writing for the Southern Literary Messenger, he wrote to the owner, Thomas White, to complain that he had not been paid enough for his story "Hans Phaal." Poe asks White to recount the number of columns and recalculate the payment based on the space rates they had agreed upon. Also in the letter, Poe recounts his participation in a writing contest sponsored by the Baltimore Visiter.
Merrill Griswold, grandson of Poe's literary executor Rufus Griswold, donated the letter to the Poe Museum in 1948.