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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Morris, George Pope 1802-1864 (search)
Morris, George Pope 1802-1864 Journalist and poet; born in Philadelphia, Pa., Oct. 10, 1802; in early life made New York his residence, and contributed verses to the newspapers when he was fifteen years of age. He edited and published the New and afterwards (1844) in the daily Evening mirror. In 1845 he began the National press, and in 1846 the Home journal. Mr. Morris achieved great popularity as a songwriter. His lyrics are very numerous, one of the best known being Woodman, spare thccessive nights, and paid the author $3,500. In 1842 he wrote an opera entitled The maid of Saxony. A brief catalogue of Morris's best songs may be found in Allibone's Dictionary of British and American authors. William Howitt, after speaking of the beauty and naturalness of Morris's love-songs, gives, in the following words, a generous touch of the character of all of his writings: He has never attempted to robe vice in beauty; and, as has been well remarked, his lays can bring to the cheek o
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Willis, Nathaniel Parker 1806- (search)
Willis, Nathaniel Parker 1806- Poet; born in Portland, Me., Jan. 20, 1806; graduated at Yale College in 1827. His paternal grandfather was one of the Boston tea-party. While at college he wrote and published some religious verses. He edited The legendary, a series of volumes of tales; and in 1828 established the American monthly magazine, which he conducted two years, when it was merged into the New York mirror, edited by George P. Morris. He travelled four years in Europe, and portions of his life there were exquisitely limned in his Pencillings by the way, published in the Mirror. He was attached to the American legation in Paris. He married in England; returned to the United States; settled on the Susquehanna; and during his four years residence there wrote his Letters from under a Bridge. In 1839 he and Dr. Porter established The corsair, in New York. He went again to England; wrote much while there; and prepared for Mr. Virtue the letter-press for two serial works, il