Henry William Herbert, an American author, born in London, April 7, 1807, died by his own hand in New York, May 17, 1858. He was a son of the Hon. and Rev. William Herbert, dean of Manchester, and graduated at Caius college, Cambridge, in 1828. He came to New York in 1831, and until 1839 was teacher of Greek in a private school. During this time he began to write for the public, and from 1833 to 1836 was editor of the "American Monthly Magazine," at one time in connection with C. F. Hoffman. In 1834 he published his first historical novel, " The Brothers, a Tale of the Fronde," followed by "Cromwell" (1837), "Marmaduke Wyvil" (1843), " The Roman Traitor " (1848), "The Miller of Martigny," "Guarica, or the Carib Bride," " Sherwood Forest, or Wager of Battle" (1855), and others. His historical works were "The Captains of the Greek Republics," "The Captains of the Roman Republic," "Henry VIII. and his Six Wives," and "The Royal Maries of Mediaeval History." Some of these enjoyed in their time great popularity. For several years previous to his death Mr. Herbert resided near Newark, N. J. He made versions of several French romances, of Weiss's "Protestant Refugees" (New York, 1854), of the "Prometheus" and "Agamemnon" of AEschylus, and of poetry from French and Italian authors.
His most celebrated and characteristic works, however, were on sporting, published under the pseudonyme of Frank Forester, namely : " The Field Sports of the United States and British "Provinces" (1849); "Frank Forester and his Friends" (London, 1849); "The Fish and Fishing of the United States," etc. (New York, 1850); "Young Sportsman's Complete Manual;" "The Horse and Horsemanship of the United States and British Provinces of North America" (2 vols. 4to, 1857); and " American Game." Mr. Herbert also edited various works, and was a versatile contributor to literary magazines and journals. As a writer on field sports he was the first in America to give prominence to a department of literature which has of late years become both copious and popular.