The Echo: With Other Poems

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Printed at the Porcupine Press by Pasquin Petronius, 1807 - African Americans - 331 pages
Anthology of poems by the Hartford Wits that had appeared in the American Mercury magazine from 1791 to 1805. The primary contributors were Richard Alsop and Theodore Dwight. Other contributors included Lemuel Hopkins, H.H. Brackenridge (on the Indian War), Mason Cogswell, William Trumbull, Elihu Hubbard Smith.

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