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(without typos) from the publisher. 1904. Excerpt: ... DENIS PUVAL
CHAPTER I THE FAMILY TREE TO plague my wife, who does not
understand pleasantries in the matter of pedigree, I once drew a
fine family tree of my . ancestors, with Claude Duval, captain and
highwayman, rtu. per coll. in the reign of Charles II., dangling
from a top branch. But this is only my joke with her High
Mightiness my wife, and his Serene Highness my son. None of us
Duvals have been sutpercollated to my knowledge. As a boy, I have
tasted a rope's end often enough, but not round my neck; and the
persecutions endured by my ancestors in France for our Protestant
religion, which we early received and steadily maintained, did not
bring death upon us, as upon many of our faith, but only fines and
poverty, and exile from our native country. The world knows how the
bigotry of Louis XFV. drove many families out of France into
England, who have become trusty and loyal subjects of the British
Crown. Among the thousand fugitives were my grandfather and his
wife. They settled at Winchelsea, in Sussex, where there has been a
French church ever since Queen Bess's time and the dreadful day of
Saint Bartholomew. Three miles off, at Rye, is another colony and
church of our people: another fester Burg, where, under Britannia's
sheltering buckler, we have been free to exercise our fathers'
worship, and sing the songs of our Zion. My grandfather was elder
and precentor of the Church of Winchelsea, the pastor being
Monsieur Denis, father of RearAdmiral Sir Peter Denis, Baronet, my
kind and best patron. He sailed with Anson in the famous Centurion,
and obtained his first promotion through that great seaman: and of
course you will all remember that it was Captain Denis who brought
our good Queen Charlotte to England (7th September 1761), after a
stormy passage of nine days, from Stade. A...
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