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His Life And Background In Cincinnati 1846 - 1850 by Raymond Walters

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The Queen City of the West           49
emyt at West Point and the College of New Jersey at Princeton. After practising law and serving as professor of history in Cincinnati College, Mansfield became editor of the Cin­cinnati Chronicle and then of the Daily Atlas. His regular "E.D.M." correspondence on political and economic conditions, published in the Atlas and concurrently in the New Tork 'Times under the pseudonym of "Veteran Observer," won him a national reputation. Stephen paid tribute to him, in a letter to his brother Morrison, as "the editor whom I con­sider the most powerful and talented writer in the West."28
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Into the making of Stephen Foster's early ballads of romantic sentiment as well as his minstrel songs went the influences of what he called "our city."29 In those days the street on which he lived, Fourth Street,* with "the fine rows of trees that line its sides,"30 was ac­claimed "one of the most beautiful avenues in the United States."30
We can fancy Stephen strolling in the early evening on this and other residential streets with their brick mansions, gardens and shaded walks, and rejoicing, as did the New England correspondent who earlier wrote that "Cin­cinnati . . . has all the air and manner of an old place."31
t Mansfield delivered the Annual Address at West Point in June 1847 {Gazette, June 29,1847).
* A local musician, C. P. Winkler, wrote a composition in honor of it, called "Fourth Street Waltz."32







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