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Neilson Poe

An important figure in our knowledge of Edgar Allan Poe's death is his cousin, Neilson Poe. Neilson was a prominent citizen of Baltimore at the time Poe was discovered in distress at Ryan's inn and tavern on October 3, 1849. Neilson attempted to visit Edgar in the hospital and subsequently wrote several letters containing information about his cousin's death. Neilson and Edgar's relationship was complicated by rivalry and family disputes.