Characterized as an "eccentric literary man not without a spice of genius," William North was born in England and eventually settled in New York City (W. Rossetti 48-49).
This short biographical sketch of Lincoln includes an anecdote of the president reading a few lines of a poem taken from his pocket, attributing the poem to William North, when it was in fact by Fitz-James O'Brien.
Dunlop references Scovel's article.
Recounts Lincoln "taking from his pocket a poem of a forgotten English writer, William North by name." However, the lines quoted are from Fitz-James O'Brien's ode Kane.
Quotes a few lines from O'Brien's ode Kane, attributed them to William North.
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