William Gilbert’s Obituary

Augusta Chronicle Saturday 3 July 1824 Vol 3 Issue 221 Page 2.

Died, suddenly, on Wednesday last, WILLIAM GILBERT, Esq. a native of Antigua, and a resident of this city since the year 1810. This gentleman was the descendant of a most respectable family, held a commission in the British Navy in the Revolutionary War, and afterwards returned to his native Island, where he was admitted to the Bar and elected the Clerk of the Legislature of Antigua. This appointment and a profession that promised to be profitable, were abandoned at the claims of private friendship, and Mr. Gilbert went to England as the friend and principal witness of a gentleman of the army, who was to be tried by a Court Martial. His evidence upon the trial is said to have been remarkable for its clearness, intelligence and impartiality, and gained him many friends. He afterwards pursued the study of the Law at the Temple and became known to many distinguished literary persons; but disgusted with the politics of the English Government, he determined to pass the remainder of his days in America. He arrived at Charleston and lived for several years in Carolina, where, as afterwards, in Georgia, he was esteemed for his urbanity, integrity and benevolence. Mr. Gilbert was the author of many essays moral and political, of one or two dramatic pieces which remain unpublished, and of a poem called the Hurricane, which was about to be issued from the American press at the time of his death.—Constitutionalist.