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CHAPTER II. TESTIMONY. Colonel John A. Rogers, Florence, S. C.
(September, 1888): " I first saw Peter S. Ney at my home in
Brownsville, Marlborough County, S. C., in the fall of 1819. My
father, Colonel Benjamin Rogers, met him at a hotel in Cheraw in
September or October (1819), and engaged him as a teacher. He
taught with great success about three years, and then went to North
Carolina (in 1822 or 1823), where he taught for several years. I
saw him often afterward, for he made occasional visits to his
friends in South Carolina, and taught again in the State about
1844. He told my father that he was a French refugee; that he had
left France for political reasons, but would give no further
account of his life. He was a man of remarkably fine presence, and
would arrest attention anywhere. No stranger could meet him without
asking the first individual that he saw, Who is that man ? He was
tall?I suppose about six feet high?large, not corpulent, but
muscular; a little round-shouldered, though otherwise erect, with
fine military form and carriage. He looked every inch the soldier,
even when he was quite an old man. His head was slightly bald on
top. His hair was not a decided auburn, but was what might be
called a reddish-blonde. His complexion was fair and ruddy; chin
round; mouth tolerably large; lips compressed; nose high and large;
eyebrows heavy and full; forehead broad, high, and massive. His
eyes are hard to describe. They were a dark blue, verging on gray,
with remarkably large pupils. When quiet, they had the mildest
expression, but when excited, they were terrible?an eagle would
dart from them in sheer envy. He spoke English well, though with a
slightly foreign accent. For a list of witnesses, see Appendix C.
He appeared to be more of a Scotchman than a ...
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