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[The Columbus Enquirer-Sun, Apr 29, 1891, Columbus, GA.]




JAMESTOWN, N.Y., April 28. - Charles L. Webster died at his home in Fredonia, Chautauqua county, at 4 o'clock this morning, aged thirty-nine years.

Charles L. Webster was born in Charlotte, Chautauqua county, but when quite young he removed to Fredonia, where he received his education, graduating from the normal school. He chose the profession of civil engineer, and met with marked success in that line, but in 1881 he removed to New York, where he formed a partnership with Samuel L. Clemens (Mark Twain) in the publishing business. The company published Mr. Clemens' works, the memoirs of Generals Grant, McClellan and Sheridan, the works of Pope Leo and many other notable books.

While engaged in an engineering project in the West, he formed the acquaintance of General Grant, and they became firm friends. When, therefore, the General's memoirs were ready for publication he sent for Mr. Webster and, despite other large cash offers, entrusted the publication to him on a percentage. While on a trip to India with Fred Grant to secure the charter for a railroad he was knighted by Pope Leo, who conferred upon him the title of Pius.

Four years ago his health began to fail, and he was a great sufferer from neuralgia and a complication of diseases. One week ago he had an attack of grip, which led to peritonitis and hemorrhage and caused death. He possessed a large collection of bric-a-brac from all over the world, including the original manuscripts of "Grant's Memoirs," which he prized highly.