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Early American Fiction Collection

EAF Author: Charles Augustus Davis (1795-1867)

Works in the Collection

Charles Augustus Davis, businessman and author, was born in New York City. Davis wrote under the pen name "Jack Downing," which first had been used by Seba Smith in 1830. His first Downing letter appeared in the New York Daily Advertiser in 1833. Over two dozen of them were collected in Letters of J. Downing, which went through at least eight editions in 1834.