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year, the family suffered keenly from the pinch of poverty.
The year 1848 saw the culmination of two unhappy love-affairs—first, with Mrs. Shew, who had nursed the poet through a spell of illness following the death of his wife, and then with Mrs. Whitman, the Rhode Island poetess; and this year also witnessed the publication of his Eureka, a philosophical disquisition on the origin and composition of the universe.
The year 1849 opened auspiciously for the poet; during the first half he wrot's friend, C. F. Briggs, with whom he was associated for several months in 1845 as co-editor of the Broadway journal, he was badly made up, a characterless character, and utterly deficient of high motive.
And Horace Greeley was disturbed lest Mrs. Whitman should marry him, giving it as his opinion that such a union would be a terrible conjunction.
To N. P. Willis, on the other hand, who perhaps knew him better than any other outside of his immediate family during his last half-dozen years, the