Connexions (sic) to Poe’s Life
The inheritance Poe
never received and the treasure in The Beale Papers are both valued
(by Poe!) at $750,000.
Poe, Morriss and the
anonymous Beale author all experienced a fall from wealth.
Poe attended church
services with Chief Justice Marshall. Clay and Coles were prominent
citizens of Richmond who may have been in John Allan’s social circle.
Poe and Morriss were
associated with the tobacco trade.
John Allan life
chronology is model for Robert Morriss history. Morriss born 1778, Allan born
1780. Both married in
1803. Both almost ruined by
down turn in tobacco market in 1819. Both host social elite including
Chief Justice Marshall, who gave citizenship oath to Allan. Etc.
Poe and Morriss had
the ideal wife, beautiful, supportive, cheerful etc.
Poe similar in
appearance to Beale: long, dark hair, dark complexion, athletic
Poe, Morriss, Beale
and Beale party all Virginians, well educated, good manners, noble.
Poe visited Lynchburg
enroute to White Sulpher Springs with father and grandfather in his
10. Cryptography Genius. The Beale Papers shows signs of
Connexions to Poe’s Writing Style
Poe’s initials found
twice in The Beale Papers
was…myself both favored by Poe.
Poe almost always
(90%) chose inexact measurements, dimensions, etc., i.e. a week or ten
day, twenty or thirty men, eight hours or more.
Poe frequently used
conjunction, i.e., long and narrow, poor but worthy, to describe action or
characters in his short stories.
“connexion” in The Beale Papers
ties to Poe preferences.
favorite Poe device.
frequently experience a fall from wealth, i.e., Dupin, LeGrand, etc. Both Morriss and anonymous author
experienced a fall from wealth.
Gold Bug plot, movement of action
and some word choices very similar to The Beale Papers story.
the Journal of Julius Rodman
and The Beale Papers
10. Poe frequently placed
French quotes in his stories.
11. Poe was the greatest
literary hoaxer. The Beale Papers may be the
greatest literary hoax.