Sep. 5, 1841 New York New York County (Manhattan) New York, USA
Times-Picayune, New Orleans, Sept. 16, 1841
" Another Poet Dead. - We are sorry to be compelled to announce the death of one of the most gifted poets of the day - Grenville Mellen. About a year since he sailed from New York for Cuba, for the benefit of his impaired health. His father, Judge Mellen, of Portland, saw him embark, and returned himself home to die. The intelligence reached the son during his absence, and defeated much of the good which was hoped form the change of air and scene. Mr. Mellen returned to New York a few months since, says the Tattler, and has been domiciliated in a family whose affection prompted the anticipation of his every physical want, and whose character and connexion supplied him with all the religious and intellectual associations which could console the last hours of a dying Christian poet. He has followed his father to the spirit-land; and knows new, the originals of the images abounding in his higher verse - the thoughts and reflections which seemed almost to have been dictated to him by an invisible presence. He was a sweet poet - his was a pure mind - but his musings are not be be read lightly, or laid aside after reading once. To his intellectual admirers they will now seem in the light of a legacy, and be invaluable."