(1802–64), New York journalist and poet, who occupied a minor position in the Knickerbocker Group. He became editor of the New-York Mirror (1824), and won a temporary reputation for his drama Brier Cliff (1826) and his operetta The Maid of Saxony (1842), but is best known for his sentimental poems, which include the popular Woodman, Spare That Tree! (1830), reprinted in The Deserted Bride and Other Poems (1838). His best prose work was The Little Frenchman and His Water Lots, with Other Sketches of the Times (1839), the title piece telling of a shrewd New York realtor and a guileless foreigner.
From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.