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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 lieuten-
ant in Florida.  He left the service owing to some un-
fortunate 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  Cali-
fornia and its Gold Regions,  are still standard works.
His illness of late years, which rendered him a per-
fect 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
Fremont, which drew upon him the wrath of Colonel
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.

[newspaper engraving with Gunn s notes]
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page one hundred and sixty-six
Description:Newspaper clipping regarding the death of author Fayette Robinson.
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Obituaries; Robinson, Fayette
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-31


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten
Description:Includes descriptions of an explosion of a boat on the North River, New York literary Bohemians, boarding house living at 132 Bleecker Street, his freelance writing and drawing work, the death of writer Mort Thomson's young wife Anna, working on the publication ''Constellation,'' visits to the Edwards family, a falling out with Fanny Fern over an article he wrote criticizing ''The New York Ledger,'' a rumor that Fitz James O'Brien is the heir to an Irish baronetcy, and a change of landladies at his boarding house.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Publishers and publishing; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York
Note:Thomas Butler Gunn was born February 15, 1826, in Banbury, England, and came to New York in 1849. During the Civil War he worked as a correspondent for the New York Tribune and the New York Evening Post. He returned to England in 1863, and died in Birmingham in April 1903. The collection includes twenty-one volumes of his diaries, including newspaper clippings, letters, photographs, sketches, and various other items inserted by Gunn. Diary entries date from July 7, 1849, to April 7, 1863, and include his experiences with the New York publishing and literary world, his descriptions of boarding houses, his travels throughout the United States, and his experiences traveling with the Federal army as a Civil War correspondent.
Publisher:Missouri History Museum
Rights:Copyright 2011 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.