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knew Lucien Bonaparte intimately and corres-
ponded with him.   I have seen a letter of Byron�s to Mr
C. in response to one in which the American had suggested
the employment of war steamers in the Greek affair.
Mrs Church herself has travelled in France, Switzer-
land and Italy, with her family.    She is now almost
alone in the world, only cousins or (such as the Martins)
or not very near relatives remaining.    Happily her pru-
dence prevented the evil of penury being added to her lot,
for unquestionably the scoundrel Andreotti would have
robbed her of all, if he�d had the power.         It is very
sad to think of a noble womans one cast for happiness and
sympathy resulting so lamentably.        She met him in
Kentucky at a boarding-house, or in general society.
He played the banished patriot, and attached himself to
her closely, winning in the long run by strict, cun-
ning adherence to one rule of systematic deception.   This
was to sham up to her ideal of a man and a gentle-
man.    Her very loftiness of soul and trustingness of
nature � joined to a woman�s necessarily circumscribed
knowledge of the world and of character � proved the
means of her betrayal.     The scoundrel ventured boldly,
affecting a purity of mind, a dread of man�s free-and-
easy talk, that with them would at once have stamped
him as a miserable hypocrite.   She believed and admi-
red.    Doubtless her loneliness of position and a natural
desire to get married had influence also.    She was not
precipitate about the match and more than once it was
on the point of being broken off.  But he apologized for               
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