How William Alexander Smith Became Amor De Cosmos

A. G. Harvey

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"Smith didn't like other people getting his letters and opening them… so he consulted [State Senator Gaven D. Hall]… Senator Hall advised Smith that the difficulty could be overcome by having his name changed by act of the State legislature, this course having been followed in similar cases. Accordingly Smith decided to petition the legislature to change his name to Amor de Cosmos. There was no danger of that name being confused with Smith or any other name."

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