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A DESCRIPTIVE AND HISTORICAL ACCOUNT OF THE BOROUGH AND PARISH OF GATESHEAD.
Daniel de Foe, author of the "True-born Englishman," when "sorely prest by persecuting foes," sought refuge in Gateshead. During his residence here, in Hillgate, he produced the universally admired "Adventures of Robinson Crusoe;" the chief incidents of which, it is said, were communicated to him by one Selkirk, a Scotchman, who had lived alone for some years on the island of Juan Fernandez, and from whom it is generally believed De Foe obtained those particulars which he narrated in the Adventures of Crusoe, thus cheating Selkirk of the emoluments he anticipated from the sale of his story. It is remarkable that the writer of a similar tale, called the "Adventures of David Dobinson," should also be a parishioner of Gateshead.
Remarkable? It beggars belief. I've googled and can find no other trace of David Dobinson and isn't Dobinson awfully close to Robinson? I took you for a serious historian Eneas but are you having us on?