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Text for Page 159 [05-05-1861]

              [newspaper clipping]
  It is our painful duty to record the death of our friend
and associate, Mr. EDWARD G. P. WILKINS.  He had been
suffering for some days from an attack of pneumonia; he
breathed his last shortly after midnight yesterday (Sun-
day) morning.
  Mr. Wilkins was born at Boston, Mass., on the 11th
November, 1829, and was, consequently, in his thirty-
second year at the time of his death.  After leaving
school he learned the trade of a printer, but at an early
age abandoned the typestick for the pen.  He
connected himself with the Boston Times, and
subsequently contributed to other Boston journals.
About eight years ago he came to this city and joined
the editorial staff of the HERALD; the connection lasted
till his death.  His especial department on this paper
was that of theatrical and musical critic, and most ably
he filled it.  But he was also a copious contributor of ar-
ticles to the editorial page.  His versatility was such
that there were few topics upon which he could not write
fluently, forcibly and suggestively.  Gifted with a fine
sense of humor and a keen appreciation of ridicule, he had
few rivals as a sarcastic writer; but he never allowed
his humor to transgress the bounds of good breeding or
good taste, and never intentionally wounded any man�s 
feelings.  Besides his contributions to the HERALD, Mr.
Wilkins wrote for one or more weekly papers, and corre-
sponded for the London Morning Chronicle, and a New
Orleans daily.  He was the author of several plays, among
which the most popular were �Young New York,� which
was very successful a year or two since at Laura Keene�s
and �Henriette,� which has just proved equally success-
ful at Wallack�s.  Had he lived these plays justify the
belief that he would have won a high rank among dra-
matic authors.
  In Mr. Wilkins� death, we, and his very large circle of
acquaintance, lose a warm hearted friend, a sterling gen-
tleman, a delightful companion and an able man.
Though he filled a post which naturally exposed him to
make enemies, it is not known that he had one.  Though
he possessed those literary gifts which are thoughtlessly
supposed by many to excuse irregular and indolent
habits, he was always a severe worker, correct in every
relation of life, exact in the fulfillment of every obligation,
an affectionate and generous brother, and thoughtful,
kind and liberal to all who had claims on him.  In strik-
ing him down, Death had cut short a brilliant and pro-
missing career, and has planted sorrow in many a heart.
  The funeral services will be performed at noon to day,
at St. Thomas� church, corner of Broadway and Houston
street.  The remains of Mr. Wilkins will be conveyed to
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