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Edward Payson Roe

ROE, Edward Payson, author, born in Moodna, New Windsor, Orange County, New York, 7 March, 1838; died in Cornwall, New York, 19 July, 1888 He was educated at Williams, but not graduated, owing to an affection of the eyes In after years the college gave him the degree of B.A. He studied at Auburn and at Union theological seminary, New York city, and in 1862 became a chaplain in the volunteer service, where he remained till October, 1865. He then became pastor of a Presbyterian church at Highland Falls, New York, where his lectures on topics connected with the civil war, to raise funds for a new church, first brought him into notice as a successful speaker. He visited the ruins of Chicago after the great fire, and wrote "Barriers Burned Away," a novel, which was published as a serial in the New York "Evangelist," and afterward appeared in book-form (New York, 1872). Of the cheap edition (1882), 87,500 copies were sold. The great success of his book, together with impaired health, induced Mr. Roe to resign his pastorate and to settle at Cornwall-on-the-Hudson in 1874. At this place he has given his time to literature and the cultivation of small fruits. He has been a prolific writer, and the sales of his books in this country alone have largely exceeded one million copies. They have been republished in England and other countries, where also the sales have been large. In addition to the work already mentioned, he has published "Play and Profit in My Garden" (New York, 1873);" What can She Do ?" (1873) ; "Opening a Chestnut Burr" (1874) ; " From Jest to Earnest" (1875)" "Near to Nature's Heart" (1876)" "A Knight of the Nineteenth Century" (1877) . "A Face Illumined" (1878) ; "A Day of Fate" (1880)" "Success with Small Fruits" (1880)" "Without a Home" (1880)" "His Sombre Rivals" (1883) ; "A Young Girl's Wooing" (1884) . "Nature's Serial Story" (1884)" "An Original Belle" (1885) . "Driven Back to Eden" (1885)" "He fell in Love with his Wife" (1886) ; and "The Earth Trembled" (1887).

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