Jacques Bonneval eBook

Anne Manning
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In short, we were all, without one exception, among the four hundred thousand persons who forsook France rather than renounce their faith.  Of that number, a very great many perished of famine, hardships, and fatigue; but we were among the many who safely reached this hospitable country and commenced life anew.  Many of us settled without the city walls in the open ground of Spital Fields, which we gradually covered with houses and silk-factories.  Here we spoke our own language, sang our own songs, had our own places of worship, and built our dwellings in the old French style, with porticoes and seats at the doors, where our old men sat and smoked on summer evenings, and conversed with one another in their own tongue.

At first our starving refugees were relieved by a Parliamentary grant of L15,000 a year; but, God prospering our industry our trade went on steadily increasing till that, now, in 1713, three hundred thousand of us are maintained by it in England.  And many others of us in friendly countries abroad, where we have been driven.  Prosperity to those among whom we have settled has followed.  The native land that cast us forth has been impoverished.  Happy are the people whom the Lord hath blessed.  Yea, happy are they who have the Lord for their God.

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