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Isaac McLellan, Jr.


Thomas William Herringshaw, Herringshaw's Encyclopedia of American Biography
of the Nineteenth Century
644 (Chicago: American Publishers' Assoc., 1898)

"Born in Portland, April 2, 1806; graduated at Bowdoin College in 1826, having previously attended Phillips Academy, at Andover, Mass. He practiced law in Boston for a few years, and subsequently withdrew to the country, and engaged in agriculture pursuits and field sports. . . . While a student he was a regular contributor to 'Knapp's Boston magazine,' and to the 'New York Literary Gazette,' a popular journal, then edited by William Cullen Bryant, the poet. Later he was associated with the 'Boston Daily Patriot' . . . . He was also, at different periods, connected with other Boston journals and magazines. His first volume of poems appeared in 1836. He has made a two years' tour in Europe."

[George Bancroft Griffith (ed.), The Poets of Maine 90 (Portland, Maine: Elwell, Pickard & Co., 1888)] [McLellan was a student at Bowdoin with Longfellow, Hawthrone, N.P. Willis, and Oliver Wendell Holmes.]

[In Thos. W. Herringshaw (ed.), Local and National Poets of America 703 (Chicago: American Publishers' Association, 1890), M'Lellan's birth is noted as May 21, 1806 and there is no reference to his being a lawyer. See also: Rufus Wilmont Griswold, The Poets and Poetry of America 455 (New York: James Miller, Publisher, rev. ed., 1872). M'Lellan's name appears in variant spellings, McLellan and M'Lellan, Herringshaw using both in the same biographical sketch!]

Bowdoin College

Evert A. & George L. Duyckinck, The Cyclopedia of American Literature 916
(Philadelphia: William Rutter & Co., 1880)(Vol. 1)

Issac McLellan, Jr.
Rufus Wilmot Griswold, The Poets and Poetry of America 435-436
(Philadelphia: Carey and Hart, 1848)

Isaac M'Lellan
Appleton's Encyclopedia

Isaac McLellan In Greenport


[The Fields of War] [A Legend of the Indians] [The Slain Officer]
[The Hymn in the Desert] [The Notes of the Birds] [New England's Dead]


Isaac M'Lellan, Jr., The Fall of the Indian, with Other Poems (Boston: Carter and Hender, 1830)

______________, The Year With Other Poems (Boston: Carter & Hendee, 1832)

______________, Mount Auburn, and Other Poems (Boston: W. D. Ticknor, 1843) [online text]

______________, The Avalanche of the White Hills, August 28th, 1826 (Boston: Jones Power Press Office, 1846)(18 pgs.)

______________, Poems of the Rod and Gun; or, Sports by Flood and Field (New York: H. Thorpe, 1886)(memoir of the author by Will Wildwood) [online text]

______________, Haunts of Wild Game; or, Poems of Woods, Wilds and Waters (New York: C. B. Bradford, 1896)(Charles Barker Bradford ed.)


Isaac M'Lellan, Jr., The Gold Demon, and the Poor Cobbler of Boston, a Romance of the Revolution (Boston: D. Ruggles, 1845)