"Mr Boyd," relates Stanhope, "was in a singular position. He had
originally been one of the first, if not the first banker in Paris.
He stood, as I have heard, in a pre-eminent position, admitted, as
an Englishman, to those highest circles which were closed to the
monied men of France, and aspiring to that commanding influence in
the commercial world which although often maintained in England is
seldom countenanced in France, unless we may consider Lafitte as an
exception. At the breaking out of the Revolution, the temptation
offered by Mr Boyd's wealth was too great to be resisted. The
French Government chose to consider him as an emigre, and seized
upon the funds of the bank, which are said to have consisted of
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