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ALLEN, Paul, editor, born in Providence, Rhode Island, 15 February 1775; died in Baltimore, 18 August 1826. He was graduated at Brown University in 1796, studied law, and became a newspaper writer in Philadelphia. He prepared the "Travels "of Lewis and Clarke for the press, and was afterward one of the editors of the "Federal Republican" at Baltimore. He suffered the hardships of poverty and was for a time confined in jail for a small debt. He wrote for a magazine called the "Portico," in association with Pierpont and Meal, and subsequently edited the "Journal of the Times" and the " Morning Chronicle," the latter of which had a wide circulation. He projected a "History of the Revolution," and obtained a large list of subscriptions. The work, which appeared under his name in 1819, was really written by his friends John Meal and Watkins, as he was too indolent to fulfil his engagements either on this or on a "Life of Washington," which was extensively advertised and subscribed for. He published in 1821 a poem called "Noah," originally in twenty-five cantos, but cut down by the advice of Meal to five. He published a small volume of poems in 1801, and a "Life of Alexander I." in ISLS.
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