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How did Edgar Allan Poe die?

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According to Poe's letter of September 18, 1849 to Mrs. Clemm, he expected to stop in Philadelphia to call on a poetess whose verses he was to edit. 

Joseph W. Walker wrote the following letter to a certain Dr. J. E. Snodgrass on October 3, 1849.

Dear Sir:

There is a gentleman, rather worse for wear, at Ryan's 4th Ward Polls, who goes under the cognomen of Edgar A. Poe, and who appears in great distress, and he says he is acquainted with you, and I assure you he is in need of immediate assistance.
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Dr. Snodgrass found Poe at Gunner's Hall, a public house at 44 East Lombard Street, and he and Henry Herring, the husband of Poe's aunt, Elizabeth Poe, took him to Washington College Hospital on the afternoon of October 3. He did not regain consciousness sufficiently to tell the doctor how he arrived at this condition. Poe died at five o'clock on Sunday morning, October 7, and was buried on October 9 in the Presbyterian Cemetery at Fayette and Green Streets in Baltimore. In 1875, his coffin was removed to the southeastern corner of the cemetery where his monument now stands.

Source: Arthur Hobson Quinn in The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe (Barnes & Noble), 1992.

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