John Gardiner Calkins Brainard with the son of a Connecticut judge; he attended Yale College (B.A. 1815) and studied law with his older brother before setting up a practice at Middletown, Connecticut (1819). Brainard was the editor of the Connecticut Mirror from 1822 until, suffering from consumption, he was forced to retire in 1827. Most of his poetry appeared in the Mirror, though Brainard also contributed to The Microscope. He published a volume of poems in 1825; his later poems appear in Remains, published in 1832 with a memorable biographical sketch by John Greenleaf Whittier.
1816Lord Exmouth's Victory at Algiers — 1816.
1822Lines suggested by a late Occurence.
1822On a late Loss.
1822[On the Project of colonizing the "Free People of Colour" in Africa.]
1823On the Death of Commodore Oliver H. Perry.
1823Sonnet to the Sea Serpent.
1823To a Missionary, who attended the late Meeting of the Bible Society at New-York.
1824On the Death of Mr. Woodward, at Edinburgh.
1826On the Death of Alexander, Emperor of the Russias, at Taganock, Dec. 1825.
1826Sonnet. To —.
1826The Sweet Brier.
1827The Money Diggers.
1827The Smack Race.
1828On Charity — January 1, 1828.
Occasional pieces of poetry. 1825.
Literary Remains, ed. J. G. Whittier. 1832.