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LINEN, James, poet, born in Scotland in 1808; died in New York city, 20 November, 1873. He emigrated to the United States, and for many years carried on a large book binding establishment in New York city. Later he spent some years in California, where he was an active member of the Scottish benevolent societies. His last years were passed in New York city. He contributed poems, mostly in the Scotch dialect, to the "Knickerbocker Magazine," and the "Scottish American Journal" and other newspapers, and published a collection under the title of "Songs of the Seasons, and other Poems" (New York, 1852). A large collection of his "Poetical and Prose Writings" (San Francisco, 1865) was followed by a smaller one (New York, 1866). He published also "The Golden Gate" (1869).
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