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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 166 [newspaper clipping], 1859

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Identifier: DX03335153

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 166 [newspaper clipping], 1859

Description: Newspaper clipping regarding the death of author Fayette Robinson.



one of the victims was a native of Virginia, and by birth connected with some of the best families in the Old Dominion. His father and relatives hold a high social position, and are much esteemed. Fayette was educated, we think, at West Point. At all events, he was in the army for awhile, and served as a lieutenant in Florida. He left the service owing to some unfortunate circumstances, and instead of entering on the study and practice of any profession, preferred the more precarious career of authorship. He became a contributor to various periodicals—indeed, to most of the leading monthlies in the country. He at one time did some work for this paper—among the rest, a very excellent translation of "Camille." His familiarity with military affairs rendered his services particularly valuable to publishers during the war with Mexico; and his "Mexico and her Military Chieftans," "The Organization of the United States Army" and "California and its Gold Regions," are still standard works. His illness of late years, which rendered him a perfect wrech, somewhat retarded his literary labors; but he was active more or less to the close of his life. Mr. Robinson was a man of considerable learning, and had paid considerable attention to Mexican history. In one of his works on the Mexican war, he handled Colonel [John C.] Fremont, which drew upon him the wrath of Colonel [Thomas Hart] Benton, to which the other replied through the columns of one or two journals, demonstrating that the great expounder had suffered his partiality to his son-in-law to get rather ahead of the facts of the case.

Mr. Robinson, though he suffered very much from the poison, seemed to sink gently towards the close, and died easily. He became slightly delirious at the last, and repeated the alphabet just before he expired—evidently wandering back in his memory to his early days. He leaves a widow—the daughter of a citizen of New York—but no children.

[Gunn’s notes about engraving] Not half vicious-looking enough — or haggard.

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1859

Type(s): Diary

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Diaries
Armed Forces


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