J. S. Buchanan
Died. Mr. J. S. Buchanan, formerly Editor of the "American Union," printed in Louisiana, died very suddenly in that place, on the 2d. He was a very worthy man, and highly esteemed wherever known. [December 17, 1857 The Glasgow Weekly Times, Thursday - Sub. by Katy McDaniel]
DEATH OF MERIWETHER LEWIS, GOVERNOR - GENERAL OF UPPER LOUISANA TERRITORY
Lexington, October 23
A letter from a gentleman in Russelville, dated October 20th, to his friend in this town says:
“A gentleman from Nashville informs me, that he conversed with a person who had seen Governor Lewis buried on the 12th instant, about 40 miles beyond Nashville on the Natchez road. The accounts are, that Governor Lewis arrived at a house very weak, from a recent illness at Natchez , and showed marks of mental derangement. After a stay of a few hours at the above house, he took his pistols and shot himself twice, and then cut his throat.” The above distressing intelligence is confirmed by a gentleman at present in this place. It is added, that Governor Lewis, in addition to shooting himself twice in the body, and cutting his throat, shot himself in the head, and cut the arteries in his thighs and arms. We have been unable to procure any satisfactory intelligence of the circumstances which led to this unhappy event. We have only heard it stated, that Governor Lewis drew bills to a considerable amount on the government of the U. States, for which there had been no specific appropriations, and which came back protested. We can hardly suppose, however, that an accident of this kind, alone, could have produced such deplorable consequences.
[After the above was put in type, a gentleman politely handed us a Nashville paper of the 29th instant, from which we have made the following extracts:]
To record the untimely end of a brave and prudent officer, a learned scholar, and scientific gentleman, this column of the Clarion is ushered to the world in black. On the night of the 10th instant, Meriwether Lewis, Governor- General of Upper Louisiana, on his way to Washington city, came to the house of Grinder near the Indian line in this state - called for his supper and some spirits, of which her partook and gave some to his servants.
Mr. Grinder not being at home, Mrs. Grinder retired to the kitchen with her children and the servants (after the Governor went to bed, which he did in good order) went to a stable about 100 yards distant to sleep - no one in the house with the Governor - Some time before midnight Mrs. Grinder was alarmed by the firing of two pistols in the house - she called to the servants without effect. At the appearance of day light the servants came to the house, when the Governor said he had now done for himself. They asked what, and he said he had shot himself and would die, and requested them to bring him water, he then lying on the floor, where he expired about 7 o’clock in the morning of the 11th. He had shot a ball that grazed the top of his head, and another through his intestines, and cut his neck. When in his best senses he spoke about a trunk of papers that he said would be of great value to our government. He had been under the influence of a deranging malady for about six weeks - the cause of which is unknown, unless it was from a protest to a draft which he drew on the secretary at war, which he considered tantamount to a disgrace by government.
In the death of Governor Lewis, the public behold the wreck of one of the noblest of men. He was a pupil of the immortal Jefferson; by him he was reared - by him he was instructed in the tour of the sciences - by him he was introduced to public life, when his enterprising soul, great botanical knowledge, acute penetration and personal courage, soon pointed him out as the most proper person to command a projected exploring party to the N. W. Coast of the American continent. He accepted the arduous command, on condition that he might take Mr. Clarke with him. They started. The best wishes of the American people attended them. After an absence of two years, (to us of taxious solicitude) we were cheered with the joyful return of our countrymen. A new world had been explored - additional knowledge in all the sciences obtained, at a trifling expense. The voice of the same echoes the glad tidings through the civilized world - the name of Lewis was the theme of universal praise. The national legislature voted a complementary donation to the brave little band.
Scarcely had the governor time to pay respects to a widowed mother, before he was again called into active service. The upper Louisiana had been torn to pieces by party feuds, no person could be more proper to calm them - he appeared and all was quiet. The limits assigned this notice do not admit of a particular detail of his executive acts - suffice it to say that the parties created by local circumstances and Wilkinson were soon united. The Indians were treated with, and large purchases of valuable land made of ones adopted - to the securing the citizens of the territory from a renewal of the scenes of 1805. During the few leisure moments he had from his official duties, he was employed in writing the particulars of his celebrated tour up the Missouri - to complete which appears to have been the wish nearest his heart - and it gives us much pleasure, if we can feel it pleasure in the present melancholy instance, to state that we have it from a source which can be depended upon, that he had accomplished the work in three very large volumes, with an immense number of paintings - and all was ready for the press. We hope these volumes may be the means of transmitting to posterity the worth of a man whose last act casts a gloom over the fair pages of his early life. The Centinel, (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania) November 29, 1809
Thomas Bolling Robertson
At the White Sulphur Springs, Va. on the 5th ult. Thomas Bolling Robertson, Esq. of Louisiana. Mr. R. was a son of the venerable Wm. Robertson,of Richmond — and a man of the highest chivalry of character, as well as the finest talent and kindest disposition. Emigrating to Louisiana, he speedily obtained a seat in the House of Representatives of the United States, where his course was too brilliant to require remark. He subsequently became Governor of his adopted State, and finally District Judge of the United States, a post which he held at the time of his premature and lamented death. At such a time as this, when the good old stock of Republicans is almost exhausted, and when the efforts of all good citizens are needed to preserve the Republic, the death of Bolling Robertson is a national calamity. [Salem Gazette (Salem, Massachusetts); 04 Nov 1828; Pg 3]
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