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              [newspaper clipping]
	          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 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]
Not half
vicious-
looking
enough �
or
haggard.               
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