Some New Light on Frémont
Two bits of evidence indicate that Charles Frémon was an excellent French teacher. Samuel Mordecai, in "Richmond in Bygone Days: Being Reminiscences of an Oldtime Citizen" ( 1856), states that early in the century a large brick building on Carey Street was occupied by Haller's Academy, a private school. Haller was a Swiss or German of a little learning and a good deal of address and pretension. But "he also had judgment enough to enable him to select good teachers. Among these was Mons. Frémont, the father of Col. Frémont, of Pacific and warlike celebrity." The civil engineer R. B. Osborne, in his life of Moncure Robinson, privately printed in 1889 and later republished in the William and Mary College Quarterly for 1921, writes that Robinson, by studying under Frémon at William and Mary, gained a "remarkably perfect" knowledge of French.
Frémont's birthplace in Savannah is preserved and still shown to visitors. It is a two-story and basement house, rectangular, of solid brick construction, with a door and a fulllength French window on the first floor, two windows on the second.
The New York Herald gave a good deal of attention to the start of Frémont's Third Expedition. It carried a front-page article and map on October 19, 1845, followed by articles on October 26 and November 2 of that year. While these contain no new information, they indicate that Frémont already had a