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Final Passage

by Richard Brookhiser

The departed wanted no funeral. Instead there was a memorial service for family and closest friends. Since he came from, married into, and produced a big family, besides having many friends, the head count was around 70.

His town has a ye olde street, with half a dozen turn-of-the-17th-century fieldstone houses and a little graveyard full of Huguenots. The family association that maintains the site built a last-century meeting hall, where the memorialists gathered.

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