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Residing in Ottawa during the spring and part of the summer of 20-, I there became acquainted with a Monsieur P. Forrest

PFL and the Raven at the piano during the Nocturne performance

This young gentleman was of an excellent -- indeed of an illustrious family, but, by a variety of untoward events, had been reduced to such poverty that the energy of his character succumbed beneath it, and he ceased to bestir himself in the world, or to care for the retrieval of his fortunes. By courtesy of his creditors, there still remained in his possession a small remnant of his patrimony; and, upon the income arising from this, he managed, by means of a rigorous economy, to procure the necessaries of life, without troubling himself about its superfluities. Books, indeed, were his sole luxuries, and in Ottawa these are easily obtained.

Excerpt from Murders in the Rue Morgue