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 included many of those minor writers on whom it cannot be our object to dwell. Among these was George Pope Morrisstill remembered for two or three songsthe editor of the New York Mirror, then the leading literary journal of the nation. Besides being an editor, he held the ornamental position of general of the militia and was commonly given the benefit of his title. He was often mentioned by his admirers as “he of the sword and pen,” this being perhaps based on the ground that he did about as much execution with the one as with the other. Another was Nathaniel Parker Willis, once so famous that he boasted to Longfellow of making ten thousand dollars a year by his writings at a time when Longfellow wished he himself had made ten hundred. He was also the first to demonstrate the truth, long since so well established by others, that the highest circles of English society are only too easily penetrable by any American not hampered with too much modesty. Still another was Charles Fenno Hoffman, whom Dr. Griswold describes as the “Knickerbocker Moore,” and who wrote the song Sparkling and Bright. There was no doubt
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