FROM MARIA CLEMM TO NEILSON POE
October 9, 1849
New York, Oct. 9, 1849
I have heard this moment of the death of my dear son Edgar. I cannot believe it, and I have written to you, to try and ascertain the fact and particulars. He has been in the South for the last three months, and was on his way home. The paper states he died in Baltimore yesterday. If it is true, God have mercy on me, for he was the last I had to cling to and love. Will you write the instant you receive this, and relieve this dreadful uncertainty? My mind is prepared to hear all. Conceal nothing from me.
Your afflicted friend,