In the introductory comments to “Mesmeric Revelation” (The Collected Writings of Edgar Allan Poe, 1978, 3:1026), Thomas Ollive Mabbott describes a letter from John S. Clackner, mentioning contemporary reprints of Poe's story that appeared in two other periodicals. Listing the texts of the story, Mabbott states that “the reprints cited by John S. Clackner … as appearing in the Regenerator and in the Western Luminary have not been located” (3:1029). Although Mabbott was able to find the original printing of Clackner's letter in the Regenerator (in the issue for September 1, 1845), he quotes only a small portion of it, primarily to document Clackner's statement about the reprints in the Regenerator and the Western Luminary. As a record of how Poe's story was viewed at the time of its publication, it is perhaps useful to give the full text of Clackner's letter, of which previously only a...

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