Thomas De Quincey, the English author and opium eater, dies in Edinburgh
Thomas De Quincey was from a Manchester merchant family and attended Oxford University where he became addicted to the opium he would use throughout his life. He made a sensational entry into letters when, as an unknown, he published his "Confessions of an Opium Eater" in the London Magazine in 1821. He went on to a long career as essayist and translator and enjoyed popularity in the United States during the last decade of his life. (By John Osborne)
The American Almanac and Repository of Useful Knowledge (Boston: Crosby, Nichols, Lee and Company, 1861), 399.