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Dennie, Joseph, 1768-1812



  • Existence: 1768 - 1812

Joseph Dennie (August 30, 1768 – January 7, 1812) was an American author and journalist who was one of the foremost men of letters of the Federalist Era. A Federalist, Dennie is best remembered for his series of essays entitled The Lay Preacher and as the founding editor of Port Folio, a journal espousing classical republican values. Port Folio was the most highly regarded and successful literary publication of its time, and the first important political and literary journal in the United States. Timothy Dwight IV once referred to Dennie as "the Addison of America" and "the father of American Belles-Lettres."

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Joseph Dennie letter

Mss 797128
Identifier: Mss 797128
Scope and Contents Letter from Joseph Dennie of Walpole to Mr. Eliot, asking for Eliot's help in presenting a literary proposal to his friends.

Joseph Dennie letter

Mss 797217
Identifier: Mss 797217
Scope and Contents Three page letter from Joseph Dennie of Walpole to Samuel Eliot of Boston discussing his paper. He attempts to give a view of New England wits. Asks to be loaned books. Would like to correspond with Mr. Eliot.