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Charles West Thomson


"Charles West Thomson, who was born in Philadelphia in 1798, studied law, and was admitted to the bar. He afterward turned his attention to teaching, and had his school in Carpenter's Court in 1825. He subsequenly obtained a position in the United States custom house, and finally became a minister of the Protestant Episcopal Church. He commenced to write poetry at an early age. . . . He became a contributor to periodicals, and wrote for annuals and magazines." [J. Thomas Scraf & Thompson Westcott, History of Philadelphia, 1609-1884 1143 (Philadelphia: L.H. Everts & Co., 1884)]


Charles West Thomson, The Phantom Bardge, and Other Poems (Philadelphia: E. Littell/William Brown, Printer, 1822) [online text]

__________________, Elliner and Other Poems (Philadelphia: Marot & Walter, 1826)

__________________, The Sylph (Philadelphia: Carey, Lea, and Carey, 1828) [online text]

__________________, The Love of Home and Other Poems (Philadelphia: P. Thomson, 1845) [online text]


Charles Frederick Heatman, Bibliographical Checklist of the Writing of the Poet Charles West Thomson (Hattiesburg, Mississippi: The Book Farm, 1941)