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form the nucleus of a fortune which should fairly outstrip the
Rothschilds and Esterhazys. We are told by Sir Nathaniel William
Wraxall, in his amusing Memoirs of My own Time, that George the
Third had a very great objection to raise to the peerage any member
of a family engaged in commercial pursuits; and it was long before
he could be persuaded?even by his favourite heaven-born minister,
William Pitt ?to break his resolution. The first to burst down the
barrier of royal exclusiveness was Mr. Robert Smith, a banker in
London, and the son of a banker at Nottingham, to whom Pitt was
largely indebted for the sinews of war in the earlier part of his
career, and on whom, therefore, was conferred, in 1797, the title
of Lord Carrington, or, as the family now spell it, Carington.
Another of the wealthy money-changers and money-brokers, whose
fortunes were established by successful commerce, east of Temple
Bar, in the middle of the last century, was the aforesaid Peter
Thellusson, who was born in 1735. Though not known to fame on this
side the British Channel, yet, according to Sir Bernard Burke and
the Heralds, the Thellussons trace back their origin to the
ancieime noblesse of the kingdom of France. The first of the name
ofwhom we hear anything in particular was Frederick de Thellusson,
Seigneur de Flescheres, and Baron de Saphorin, one among the nobles
who assisted Philip VI. of France in his expedition into Flanders
early in the fourteenth century. His family still owned their
hereditary estates at Fleschere, near Lyons, up to the time of the
great Massacre of St. Bartholomew, in August, 1572, when they fell
among the victims of that dreadful night According to tradition,
the only member of the family who escaped the slaughter was Theo-
philus de Thellusson, who had marr...
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