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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 167, March 29-April 5, 1859

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Identifier: DX03335969

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 167, March 29-April 5, 1859

Description: Regarding the death of Fayette Robinson by arsenic poisoning.


does daily worship, the other accepting and reciprocating in a much more temperate degree. There's something in the knowledge that we possess unlimited sway over another which few have the generosity not to abuse.

I've got and answered a letter from Dillon [Mapother]. Cordial, matrimonial, invitational. Fay Robinson, whom I knew by sight, and once boarded with (when companioned by [Joseph] Brightly and [Charles] Damoreau) is dead, poisoned at a 14th St Boarding-house. The cook an "ugly-tempered" Irishwoman had quarreled with her mistress, so she mixed arsenic in the coffee served up for breakfast to all the inmates of the establishment. (Nice people, the Irish!) Robinson was a bad lot, generally; got kicked out of the U.S. service for lying, his irreclaimable vice. He possessed others too, and his constitution was perfectly used up as [Dr. Edward H.] Dixon tells me. Dixon knew him at Havana and since. The portrait of Robinson resembles him as he may have looked appeared in his better days, of late he looked everyway worse. That exquisitely pretty child which I recollect so well as living with him and his wife he claimed paternity too — said she was a bastard of his — which I then credited, but Dixon considers it a lie — declares the man couldn’t beget children. Fay was known well enough in New York, and had a questionable reputation — used to sponge, borrow money and drink, had delirium tremens, I think once or twice.

I’ve dropt into Howell's of nights now and then,

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1859-04-05

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century
Working class women


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