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England speech and manners, and doubtless had a great influence in encouraging similar sketches in other parts of the country.
Smith was in several ways a pioneer.
He led the way for The Biglow papers and all those writings which have exploited back—country New England speech and character.
He anticipated, in the person of Jack Downing, confidant of Jackson, David Ross Locke's Petroleum V. Nasby, confidant of Andrew Johnson.
He was the first in America, as Finley Peter Dunne, with his Mr. Dooley, is the latest, to create a homely character and through him to make shrewd comments on politics and life.
Charles Augustus Davis (1795-1867) of New York created a pseudo Jack Downing (often confused with Smith's) who was intimate with Van Buren and the National Bank in the thirties and with Lincoln in the sixties.
In 1835, only two years after Smith's first collected volume appeared, Judge Thomas Chandler Haliburton, a prolific Nova Scotian, began the series of short sketches from which
el Angelo, 37
Middle group of American historians, 104 n., 122 n.
Miles, G. H., 305
See Halpine, C. G.
Miles Standish, 39
Milk for Babes, drawn out of the breast, of both Testaments, 396
Milman, Dean, 128
Milton, 3, 63, 124, 254, 399
Mingo and other sketches, 389
Minister's Wooing, the, 200
Minor, Benjamin Blake, 169
Minot, George Richards, 106
Mirror (N. Y.), 151, 152, 164, 187
Miss Lucinda, 373
Miss Tempy's Watchers, 383
Mr. Dooley, 151
Mr. Higginbotham's Catastrophe, 23
Mr. Hosea Biglow to the Editor of The
Atlantic monthly, 287
Mr. Rabbit at Home, 350
Mitchell, D. G., 167
Mitchell, S. Weir, 242, 282, 285
Modern English grammar, 365
Mogg Megone, 46
Moll Flanders, 396
Moll Pitcher, 345
Monroe, James, 119
Monsieur Motte, 390
Montaigne, 229, 234, 236, 258
Monthly Anthology, the, 162, 162 n., 163
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