A letter Poe wrote to John Allan asking for money.
[Text: Edgar Allan Poe to John Allan - November 18, 1831.]
Balt: Novr 18. 1831,
My Dear Pa,
I am in the greatest distress and have no other friend on earth to apply to except yourself if you refuse to help me I know not what I shall do. I was arrested eleven days ago for a debt which I never expected to have to pay, and which was incurred as much on Hy's [Henry's] account [as] on my own about two years ago.
I would rather have done any thing on earth than apply to you again after your late kindness but indeed I have no other resource, and I am in bad health, and unable to undergo as much hardships as formerly or I never would have asked you to give me another cent.
If you will only send me this one time $80, by Wednesday next, I will never forget your kindness & generosity. if you refuse God only knows what I shall do, & all my hopes & prospects are ruined forever