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Dr. Rankin's discussion, the elegiac poem itself, and an introduction by editor Susan Block combine to shed light on both the southern elegiac tradition and on Adam Boyd, founder of Wilmington's first newspaper, Revolutionary War soldier, and clergyman.
Adam Boyd was an influential pastor, businessman, and politician of colonial North Carolina, and he succeeded in establishing one of the earliest newspapers in North Carolina, Wilmington’s The Cape Fear Mercury. His likeness survives in a pastel portrait produced in 1776.