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When Edgar grew into his teens the Allans moved around a lot They finally moved to a house they got from William Galt in 1822 or 1823 Edgar continued his education during this time and when he was fourteen he attended the academy of Joseph H Clarke and after that he studied with Clarkes successor William Burke Edgars schooling in Richmond encouraged his gift for language and he did very well in Latin and French When he was about sixteen he wrote one of his earliest surviving poems Oh Tempora Oh Mores Edgar wrote enough poems to publish a book but Clarke persuaded John Allan not to publish it When Edgar returned from England he had a pale and weak resemblance but in Richmond he turned to athletics He was a good runner leaper and boxer and also a superior swimmer At the age of fifteen or sixteen he swam six miles in the James River under a hot June sun partly against a strong tide Edgar obviously made a good impression on other people Thomas Ellis the son of John Allans business partner once said No boy ever had a greater influence over me than he had At the age of fifteen he became a lieutenant in the Junior Morgan Riflemen As second-in-command he was reviewed by the popular Marquis de Lafayette whom two weeks earlier had praised Edgars grandfather General David Poe for his good work Edgar was when he returned to Richmond known as Edgar Poe rather than Edgar Allan to emphasize that he was not formally adopted by the Allans Rosalie on the other hand was given the Mackenzies name and Edgars uncle William Galt adopted his orphaned relative James Edgar was in search for a maternal figure in his life He was very fond of Fanny Allan but her frequent sickness made her less than the ideal mother At one occasion
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