Edgar Allan Poe Moves to New York and Works for the New York Evening Mirror
One evening in January 1842, Virginia showed the first signs of consumption, now known as tuberculosis, while singing and playing the piano.
Poe described it as breaking a blood vessel in her throat. She only partially recovered. Poe began to drink more heavily under the stress of Virginia's illness. He left Graham's and attempted to find a new position, for a time angling for a government post. He returned to New York, where he worked briefly at the Evening Mirror before becoming editor of the Broadway Journal and, later, sole owner. There he alienated himself from other writers by publicly accusing Henry Wadsworth Longfellow of plagiarism, though Longfellow never responded.
New York Bound
Poe, his wife, and her mother move to New York City, where he gets a job at the New York Evening Mirror.
1844 (April 7) - Poe and his family move to New York, where Poe may have joined the Sunday Times as a subeditor.
1844 (October 7) - Poe is engaged by George Pope Morris and Nathaniel Parker Willis as part of the staff of the Evening Mirror (New York). (In 1849, N. P. Willis recalled, “Mr. Poe was employed by us, for several months, as critic and subeditor. This was our first personal acquaintance with him. He resided with his wife and mother at Fordham, a few miles out of town, but was at his desk in the office, from nine in the morning till the evening paper went to press. . . . he was invariably punctual and industrious.” See N. P. Willis, “Death of Edgar Allan Poe” from the Home Journal, October 20, 1849, reprinted in Carlson, Recognition of Poe, pp. 36-41.)