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Text for Page 140 [1878]

              [newspaper clipping]
  Colonel Thomas B. Thorpe, once famous as an
author, war correspondent, politician, and
artist, died at the Roosevelt Hospital, in New
York city, on September 20th, at the age of
sixty-three years.  He had been suffering for a
considerable time with Bright�s disease of the
kidneys.  Colonel Thorpe was the son of the
Rev. Thomas Thorpe, a clergyman of consider-
able literary talent, and was born at Westfield,
Mass., March 1st, 1815.  He was educated in the
New York schools, and in 1833 entered the
Wesleyan University at Middletown, Conn., but
left that institution in 1836, for reasons
of health and then went to the Southwest.
Young Thorpe settled at New Orleans,
where he occasionally used the brush, but was 
chiefly occupied with politics.  Being an ardent 
partisan of Henry Clay, he early became con-
nected with the press of New Orleans, and for
some years was editor of the New Orleans Bee,
the leading Whig organ of the Southwest.  At
the outbreak of the Mexican war his zeal in
raising volunteers procured him a position on
the staff of General Worth.  He proceeded to
the headquarters of General Taylor, on the
Rio Grande, as a bearer of dispatches, and was
a witness of some of the earlier operations of
the war, which he described in a series of letters
to New York papers.  He was present at the
capture of Monterey, and his observations on
the frontier formed the materials of two
volumes, �Our Army on the Rio Grande�
(1846), and �Our Army at Monterey� (1847),
which contain valuable data, which have been
freely used by the historians of the Mexican
war.  Returning to New York in 1852, Colonel 
Thorpe wrote for the Knickerbocker and other
periodicals, and became a regular contributor to 
Harper�s Weekly.  For many years he resided in
Gold-street, Brooklyn, but latterly occupied 
rooms in a studio building on Broadway, and
devoted his leisure to painting.  A large oil
painting of Niagara Falls has attracted very
favorable comment.

[Gunn�s handwriting]
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