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Lenore Hart’s sources for her description of
the Poes’ journey from Philadelphia to New York
Red: words and strings in Hart’s text used by O’Neal but not by Poe
Blue: words and strings in Hart’s text used by Poe but not by O’Neal
Purple: words and strings in Hart's text used by both O'Neal and Poe




(Letter to Maria Clemm,
7 April 1844)

(The Very Young Mrs. Poe,
Crown, 1956)

(The Raven’s Bride,
St. Martin’s Press, 2011)

we arrived safe at Walnut St wharf.
It was only six o’clock

They were down at the Walnut
Street wharf a little after six o’clock,

arriving at the Walnut Street wharf
a little after six

[No mention of the weather]

It was a cloudy, misty day

on a cloudy, misty morning.

We had to wait until seven

nearly an hour before train time.

Our train was not due until seven

I took Sis in the Depot Hotel

Eddy deposited Sissy in the Depot

we took seats in the Depot Hotel

We saw the Ledger & Times —
nothing in either — a few words of
no account in the Chronicle

[Eddy] bought two or three
newspapers, none of which
contained anything worth reading,
he said.

Eddy bought us newspapers — the
Ledger, Times, the Chronicle.

We went in the cars to Amboy

They rode the train to Amboy

[…] we rode [the train] as far as

and then took the steamboat the
rest of the way

and boarded a steamer there for
New York.

There we boarded a steamer for
New York.

When we got to the wharf it was
raining hard

It began to rain on the way.

By then the mist had coagulated into
a persistent drizzle.

I left her on board the boat, after
putting the trunks in the Ladies’

Eddy sent Sissy into the Ladies’

“[…] My little wife must retire to
the ladies’ cabin to keep dry and
warm.” […]

[No mention of where Poe sat or stood
during the trip.]

but hovered around just outside
the door waiting for the first sign of

Eddy hovered in the doorway, his
gaze as often on me as on the

Sissy coughed none at all

Sissy did not cough once on the
whole trip;

[Sissy] did not cough once on the
whole21 voyage.

[No mention of where they docked]

when the steamer docked down
near the Battery

When we docked at the Battery,

“Bah, nothing of any worth in
these yellow rags,” he complained.

I left her on board the boat, after
putting the trunks in the Ladies’
Cabin, and set off to […] look for a

Eddy left [Sis] in the Ladies’ Cabin
while he went to find a room.

[Eddy] left [Sis] on board while he
went to find lodgings.

I was not gone more than 1/2 an
hour […] I made a bargain in a few
minutes and then got a hack and
went for Sis.

He was back within half an hour,
with a hack

He was back in less than an hour,
with a hack […]

[I] bought [an umbrella] for sixtytwo cents

[The umbrella] cost sixty-two cents

[The umbrella] cost sixty-two-cents.

night & day & attendance for

“I've found a place for seven
dollars a week for room and board
for the two of us."

“I’ve found us a nice room. Not too
far. Seven dollars for the week,
board included.

[No further mention of the umbrella]

He held the umbrella over her […]

He took the umbrella and with a
flourish unfurled it over our heads.

gave us the back room on
th[…about six words excised]

It was a back room on the third

He’d taken a back room on the third

[No mention of the room’s view]

overlooking the Hudson docks.

Our sole window, only lightly
coated on the outside with coal dust,
overlooked the Hudson River

[No mention of carrying Sissy up the

Eddy insisted on carrying Sissy up
the stairs

Eddy insisted on carrying me up
both flights

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