(1792–1844), New York journalist and author, whose Tales and Sketches (2 vols., 1834) and The Mysterious Bridal and Other Tales (3 vols., 1835) depict the colonial life of Connecticut and other parts of New England. His interest in Indian life led him to write Life of Joseph Brant (1838), Life and Times of Red-Jacket (1841), The Poetry and History of Wyoming (1841), Uncas and Miantonomoh (1842), and Border Wars of the American Revolution (1843). Among his works on topical subjects was an exposé of Maria Monk (1836). As editor of the Commercial Advertiser, he was successfully sued for slanderous criticism of Cooper's History of the Navy and Home as Found, and he was the subject of a satire by Laughton Osborne.
From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.