After his early attempts at poetry, Poe had turned his attention to prose. He placed a few stories with a Philadelphia publication and began work on his only drama Politian . The Baltimore Saturday Visiter awarded Poe a prize in October 1833 for his short story " MS. Found in a Bottle ".  The story brought him to the attention of John P. Kennedy , a Baltimorean of considerable means. He helped Poe place some of his stories, and introduced him to Thomas W. White, editor of the Southern Literary Messenger in Richmond . Poe became assistant editor of the periodical in August 1835,  but was discharged within a few weeks for having been caught drunk by his boss.  Returning to Baltimore, Poe obtained a license to marry his cousin Virginia on September 22, 1835, though it is unknown if they were married at that time.  He was 26 and she was 13.
Poe's funeral was a simple one, held at 4 . on Monday, October 8, 1849.  Few people attended the ceremony. Poe's uncle, Henry Herring, provided a simple mahogany coffin, and a cousin, Neilson Poe , supplied the hearse.  Moran's wife made his shroud.  The funeral was presided over by the Reverend W. T. D. Clemm, cousin of Poe's wife, Virginia. Also in attendance were Dr. Snodgrass, Baltimore lawyer and former University of Virginia classmate Zaccheus Collins Lee , Poe's first cousin Elizabeth Herring and her husband, and former schoolmaster Joseph Clarke. The entire ceremony lasted only three minutes in the cold, damp weather.  Reverend Clemm decided not to bother with a sermon because the crowd was too small.  Sexton George W. Spence wrote of the weather: "It was a dark and gloomy day, not raining but just kind of raw and threatening."  Poe was buried in a cheap coffin that lacked handles, a nameplate, cloth lining, or a cushion for his head.