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KENNEDY, William, author, born near Paisley, Scotland, 26 December, 1799; died near London, England, in 1849. Before he was twenty-five he published a prose story called " My Early Days " (London), and in 1827 followed it with a volume of short poems under the title of "Fitful Fancies," which met with unusual success. He was the personal friend and literary partner of William Motherwell, and in 1828-'9 was associated with the latter in the management of the " Paisley Magazine," in which many of the poems of the two authors appeared. Not proving a pecuniary success, its publication was soon abandoned. Kennedy's third volume was "The Arrow and the Rose; with, Other Poems" (London, 1830), and he then settled down to a literary life in the English metropolis. When the Earl of Durham went to Canada, , Kennedy accompanied him as private secretary, and on the former's return to England received the appointment of British consul at Galveston, Texas, where he resided many years, going back to England in 1845 and retiring on a pension. Besides the works already mentioned, Mr. Kennedy published " The Rise, Progress, and Prospects of the Republic of Texas" (2 vols., London, 1841), and an abridgment of the same entitled "Texas. its Geography, Natural History, and Topography" (New York, 1844). See Wilson's " Poets and Poetry of Scotland" (New York and London, 1876).
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