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:::I, William Henry
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:::My Family
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:::youngest son of Ernst Ablrecht
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:::Baron von Eberstein
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:I, William Henry, Baron von Eberstein,
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was born the 15th day December, 1821,
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at about 8 o'clock one Saturday night. I
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was born in a large room in a stately
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mansion, known as Bon Pastore, located
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in St. Servan, France, where my father was British Vis?count?
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The mansion was situated near where
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the English colony worshiped according to the
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Church of England
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:For the reason that I was dangerously
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ill, and given up by three sisters, and
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my parents did not want me to die without
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being baptized, I was baptized by a
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Roman Catholic priest named Papa. My
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name was entered in the Mayor's office of?
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St. Servan
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:In the month of August, 1822, when I
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was eight months old, my mother, who
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belonged to the Church of England, and
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not satisfied with the Romanish baptism,
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took me to her home on the Island of
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Guernsey. There on the tenth day of
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August, 1822, I was again baptized
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according to the rights of the Church of?
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England, in that good ancient church of
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St. Peters. My sponsors were Richard
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Flick Champion, my mother's ???? Francis
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Pichard Champion von Eberstein, my ????
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brother, and Josephine Hyde Champion,
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my mother's sister. After which I was taken
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back to St. Servan, and brought up until
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I attained the age of twelve years.
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:The family from which I am descended, on
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both my father's and my mother's side, are
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high aristocrats in Germany and in England.
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That more may be known of my family,
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I shall pause here to recon some of the
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facts about them, before proceeding with
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the account of my own experiences.
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:According to the factory and recons I
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have read, my father's family date back to
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the circa 900 A.D., and commenced with the
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Counte von Eberstein, who resided? at the
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Castle of Eberstein, in the ? duchy of Swabia,
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about six miles southeast of the town
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of Baden, in Baden.
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:When the Emperor Otto the Great acceeded
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the thron in 936 A.D. he promptly attempted to
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subordinate the dukes and counts of Germany
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to his will. Under Otto's father, they had been
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accorded the position and rank of ???
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independent princes. Naturally the dukes and
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counts resisted these efforts.
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:In 938 A.D. the Emperor Otto bleaguered
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the castle of the Counts von Eberstein for the
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space of two and three-quarter years,
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and never was able to accomplish the
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capture of the castle; the von Eberstein
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being watchful as old Solomon, not to
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be caught sleeping instead of defending
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their castle.
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: Having not acheived his goal militarily,
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Otto resorted to chicanery. He g???
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it out that a Grand Tournament would
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be held at his court, and sent out
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invitations to all the Nobles of Germany
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far and near, friend and foe, to
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attend. All should have safe conduct
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to Otto's court and back to their own
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fortress.
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:Though this invitation was to the
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court of their deadly enemy, the Counts
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von Eberstein accepted on the terms
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proposed. At the tournament, the younger
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of the brothers, ??? , count
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Eberthard von Eberstein was the successfull
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contestant, winning the title Baron of the Empire
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:After the tournament, the Emperor
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Otto gave a grand ball in honor
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of the comely, light haired winner,
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Count Baron Eberhard von Eberstein.
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During the ball, count von Eberstein
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procured the hand of Princess Hedwig,
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sister of the Emperor, for a dance.
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Whilst dancing with the handsome
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young Count, with whom she had become
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enamoured, Princess Hedwig whispered
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that soldiers of her brother, the Emperor, were
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going to attack the Castle von Eberstein
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in the absence of Count Eberhard and his brothers
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:When the same was over, Count
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Eberhard communicated to his brothers the
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intelligence he had received? from Princess
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Hedwig. They then secretly left the ball
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room of the Emperor's palace and made
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post haste toward the district o? castle.
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They arrived there by daybreak, called
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the men-at-arms and their retainers,
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and put their castle in defense to
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meet the assault.
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:The Emperor, finding the Counts had
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left the ball room, and anticipated his
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design, relinquished his traitorous plot for
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the moment. Instead, he sent ambassadors,
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who were to act as spies, to see if the
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Castle Eberstein could withstand another siege.
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:The young Counts von Eberstein, suspecting
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the Emperor's design, made preparation for
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the receptio nof his ambassadors. Before
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the ambassadors arrived and were admitted,
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the young Coutns had their bins filled with
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straw, and their cellars filled with
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empty casks, so that the ambassadors
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would go back to the Emperor with the
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impression their bins were full of wheat and
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their cellars full of wine.
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:The young counts were successful in their deception.
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Upon the ambassadors' return, they reported
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to the Emperor that the Counts von Eberstein
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were prepared for any assault, and
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that they could withstand a siege for
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three years or more.
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:When Emperor Otto found he could not
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conquer the Counts von Eberstein, he decided
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upon a plan that before and since, has
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been instrumental in bringing the warring
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houses of Nobility and Royalty together!
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The Americans express this as a succinct
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phrase: "If you can't lick 'em, join 'em."
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:First, the Emperor negotiated a
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lasting peace with the Counts von Eberstein,
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whom he was unable to conquer. After
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the terms of the treaty were settled,
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Emperor Otto gave his sister, Princess
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Hedwig in marriage to the younger
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brother, Count Baron Ebhard von Eberstein.
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:After this marriage there were great
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feasts and holidays, attended by
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all the leading Nobility of Germany, or their
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representatives. In a great wedding
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procession, the young Count von
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Eberstein rode his charger beside
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his bride's ornamental sedan.
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:The present Emperor of Germany
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and the Grand Duke of Baden are
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descendants of this Count von Eberstein
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through the ?destoff line. Now the Grand
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Duke of Baden owns Castle von Eberstein,
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near Baden, and when he travels, he travels
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as the Count von Eberstein.
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:Other distinguished forbears of mine
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includ General Fieldmarshall Ernst Albrecht,
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Baron von Eberstein, born in 1605,
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who distinguished himself in the Protestant
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cause during the Thirty Years War. He
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was awarded the Order of the Elephant,
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by the King of Denmark. This is the highest
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military award made by the Danes, and is
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given only to royalty, and not more
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than thirty knights.
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:My fathers great, great grandfather,
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Christian Ludwig, Baron von Eberstein,
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born 1650, died 1717 was also a
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General Field Marshal in the Prussian
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Army.
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:My father, also Ernst Albrecht, Baron
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von Eberstein, was born, on August 18,
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1780, at Dresden. He was the third son
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of William, Baron von Eberstein, Counsellor
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of the Courts Justice at Dresden.
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He entered the Prussian army in 1795
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and on May 2, 1798 was promoted to ensign
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in the Prussian Thaddenchess Regiment,
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and later promoted to lieutenant in the
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same regiment.
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:In November 1800, while a lieutenant
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in the Prussian army, he married Johanne
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Elizabeth Funk. Their first child,
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a boy named Wilhelm
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Alexander Ernst, was born August 29, 1806
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in Halle on the Saale, in the Kingdom of
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Prussia. This older half-brother now lives
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at Buhla, his estate in Eichsfelde,
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Kingdom of Prussia.
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:Shortly after his first son was born, my
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father, being of an adventurous nature and
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not liking the routine of Prussian garrison
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life, resigned his commission in the
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Prussian army and accepted a commission
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in the British army, in the 2nd Battalion
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of the 60th Regiment, also known as the
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Royal American Regiment, his regiment having served
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with distinction in America during the
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American War for Independence.
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:On Feburary 27, 1808 he was promoted
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to lieutenant, and shortly thereafter his
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regiment was ordered to the Island
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of Antigua, of the British Seeward
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group, in the West Indie.
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:His wife, Johanne Elizabeth joined
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him there a short while later.
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Their second child, my half-sister
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Antoinette Charlotte Albertina, was
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born on the Island of Antigua on
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December 3rd, 1808.
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:My father's regiment was active
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in the conquest of the French islands
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of Martinique and Guadeloupe in
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1809 and 1810. While my father
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was away from Antigua on this
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expedition, his wife, Johanne Elizabeth
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fell victim to the dread disease,
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yellow fever, and died March 3, 1810.
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:In 1813, when the Islands of
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Martinique and Guadeloupe were returned
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to the French, my father's regiment was
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returned to England. By then, he
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had been promoted to Captain of the
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7th Battalion of the 60th Regiment
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:Upon its return to England, the
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60th Regiment was stationed on the
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Isle of Guernsey; one of the Channel
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Islands which lies about 30 miles
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west of the coast of Normandy and
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about 50 miles south of Porstmouth.
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:It was on the Island of Guernsey,
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in the winter of 1813 about, about three and a half years
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after his first wife had died,
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that he met my mother. She was
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then about eighteen, and he thirty-three.
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:Having herad my mother tell the story
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of how my father first made her acquaintance, I believe it is worthy
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of recording.
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:Shortly after the 60th Regiment
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arrived at the Isle of Guernsey, the
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Governor of the Island gave a great
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ball in honor of the officers of the
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regiment and their ladies. All of the first?
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ladies and gentlemen of the island were
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invited to attend. The ball-room is
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a very spacious one, with two ladies
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dressing rooms and a refreshment
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room.
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:My father, being the Officer-of-the Day,
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and on duty, could not attend the ball.
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While making his rounds to inspect
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the guard, he heard the music and
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thouguht he would go up stairs and
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peep in on the dancers, to see how
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they were amusing themselves.
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:Leaving his horse with a soldier
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of his regiment, who was in attendance
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at the ball, he slipped up the stairs
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for his peep. He had been there but a few minutes when a young
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officer of his regiment waltzed by
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with a comely young lady. As
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they whirled past, the long train
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of her white satin dress caught on
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his spurt, and made a large rent
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in the train of her dress. Chagrined? by the
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damage he had done, and unable
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to apologize as the dancers did not
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stop, my father left the place
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where he was standing and
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proceeded to finish his rounds
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of the guard.
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:The next morning he made
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inquiries from the brother officer who
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had had the honor to dance with
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the young lady, and obtained her
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name and her place of residence.
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She was Miss Harriet Perchard Champion,
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the daughter of Mr. Joseph Champion,
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a customs officer, and one of the most influential persons
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on the island and a very wealthy
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personage. Their residence was in
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Horn Street, just on the brow of the hill.
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:At 11 o'clock in the forenoon he
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wended his way to the residence of
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the young lady, rand the bell,
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and sent up his card to Miss
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Champion, with the request that she
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see him.
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:When Miss Champion appeared, he
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introduced himself and apologized
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in a very polite and sorrowful
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manner for the accident of the
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last evening. My father being a
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comely? British officer, was in his
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regimentals. This had the desired
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effect and the apology was accepted
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and consent granted for him to
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call upon her whenever convenient.
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:This was the commencement of their
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acquaintance and romance, which
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culminated in their marriage a
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ten months later, on Feburary 22, 1814.
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:My mother's family is from an
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equally distinguished line. On her father's
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side, she is a descendant of Richard Champion,
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Viscount de Vire, of Normandy, whose estate
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included the town of Vire, in the Province of
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Calvados?. The Vicount de Vire was an intimate
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friend of William the Conqueror, Duke of Normandy, and accompanied
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the Duke to England and was by his side
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at the Battle of Hastings, in 1066 A.D.
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:She is also a descendant of Les Seigneurs
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de la Sere of Montpelier, in the Province of
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Herault?, which lies in the south of France,
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on the Gulf? of Lions, about 100 miles from
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the Spanish border.
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:Through her paternal grandmother,
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she is also descended from Eleanor Hyde,
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a sister of Edward Hyde, Earl of Clarenden.
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:Lord High Chancellor of England, and
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one of the original Eight Lord Porprietors
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of Carolina, where I eventually established
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my residence. This Eleanor Hyde was
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the great aunt of Edward Hyde's
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grandaughter, Mary and Ann, both
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of whom reigned as Queen of England.
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:In the summer of 1814, following my father's
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second marriage, the 60th Regiment,
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or Royal American Regiment, was again ordered
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to Halifax, Nova Scotia, in British America.
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There, early in November 1815, their first son,
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Albert Ernest, was born.
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:Just before my mother was confined, my
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father, then a Lieutenant-Colonel, was ordered
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to Cape Breton Island, as Governor? of that
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island. He delayed his sailing until after
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her confinement, then left my mother
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with her first bbay, to follow later.
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:Two or three weeks after his departure for
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Cape Breton, my mother and her month
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old child boarded a small commercial
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vessel at Halifax, and sailed for Cape
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Breton. It was necessary she go then,
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or wait in Halifax until spring, as
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the ice soon hardened to where those
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small vessels could not penetrate.
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:The east coast of Nova Scotia and the
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coast of the Island of Cape Breton are
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lined with a myriad of small islands,
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very dangerous to navigation, & here
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there had been many shipwrecks.
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:On the 25th day of November, 181?
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my mother's ship was wrecked on a
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little island named St. Pierre. On this
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island is only one small fishing village,
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populated entirely by native Indians.
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:Fortunately my mother survived the
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wreck, and was rescude by the Indians.
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Care for by an old Indian woman
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and her husband, my mother lived? with
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them in a small ???? for six weeks.
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:When the ice had hardened enough
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for an Indian to cross, and go to
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Cape Breton with a message for my
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father, she was rescued. In the meantime
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their son, Albert Ernst, unable to stand
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the rigors, died. For some time after this trying ordeal,
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my mother suffered poor health.
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:Their second son, Francis Richard,
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was born in Sydney, Cape Breton Island
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on January 29, 1816, where my father
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remained as Governor.
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:Toward the end of the year 1817,
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or early in the year 1818, my father
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retired from the ? military service and
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returned to England. There he was
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appointed to the diplomatic corps
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and assigned as British Vice-Counsel?
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at St. Servan, in the Province of Ille-ct-ilaine,?
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in France. There, on May 23, 1820,
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my sister Harriet was born, and on
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December 15, 1821, I, William Henry,
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was born.
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:My father remained as Vice Counsul
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at St. Servan until his death, January
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27, 1838, when I was eleven
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years of age. He was buried in the
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cemetary at St. Servan, in the strangers
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postion, set apart by
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the Romish Church for foreigners.
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