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McLELLAN, Isaac, poet, born in Portland, Maine, 21 May, 1806. He removed to Boston in 1812, was graduated at Bowdoin in 1826, and engaged in the practice of law for several years in Boston, meanwhile contributing largely in prose and verse to Willis's "Monthly Magazine," the "New England Magazine," and the "Knickerbocker." He was for a time associate editor of the Boston "Daily Patriot," and afterward published a monthly magazine that finally was consolidated with the "Weekly Pearl." The most notable of his early poems is "The Death of Napoleon," which has been widely quoted, and " New England's Dead." Mr. McLellan's passionate love of out-door recreation, and his numerous poems on field-sports, have gained for him the title of the poet-sportsman, and he shares with Alfred B. Street the honors of laureate of the woods and waters. Among the shooting-resorts that he frequented were Cohasset, Plymouth, and Marshfield, the latter being the rural home of Daniel Webster. Through his courtesy the poet spent two seasons at Marshfield, occupying" one of the farm-houses that were owned by Mr. Webster. In 1851 Mr. McLellan removed to New York city and devoted his attention to literature. He now (1888) resides at Greenport, L. I., and at the age of fourscore is still able to divide his time between sports of the field and the literary work of the study. He is the author of "The Fall of the Indian" (Boston, 1830) ; "The Year" (1832) ; "Journal of a Residence in Scotland," from the manuscripts of H. B. McLellan (1834); "Mount Auburn" (1843); and " Poems of the Rod and Gun," edited, with a sketch of the author, by Frederick E. Pond (New York, 1886).
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