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Text for Page 064 [11-13-1861]

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	     In quest of a lost Grave.
was born at Brentford near London; has lived
twelve years in this country, two or three of them
down South, including South Carolina.
  News arrived this day in New York of the land-
ing of the U. S. troops at Port Royal, S. C. and the
taking of the forts there.
  14.  Thursday.   Went to Staten Island, there
to see if I could discover the place of sepulture
of Richard Bass, uncle to John Conworth and the
Tew�s, who died of cholera on shipboard, in 1849,
and was buried in the Quarantine Grounds.      Visit-
ed a neglected graveyard by the road side, some
of the tombstones of which had been wantonly bro-
ken or thrown down by the regiments quartered
in the vicinity during the past summer and spring.
No indication of Bass�s grave.    Returning to the
city, I went to Castle Garden, where, I had
ascertained, the books relating to Quarantine
matters were kept; and after a good deal of de-
lay saw the one containing the entry of the man�s
burial.   It was simply, �buried in the common
ground,� no more.       William Tew�s good natu-
red va wife came out with this Bass, who was
brother to the John who left Conworth his farm
and had never visited America.              At supper
Cahill tells me how he has met Mort Thomson,
returned with the other reporters from Port Royal.               
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