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42                              BYGONE SUSSEX.
minister, the Rev. Jacob Denis, a native of La Rochefoucault, in Angumois, who had been exiled from his fatherland by the revocation of the Edict of Nantes. The refugee pastor settled at Chester, took orders in the Anglican Church, married Miss Martha Leach, "a lady of an ancient Lancashire family," and became father of twelve children. The youngest but one was Peter, who was born at Chester in 1712. His father is believed to have been one of the masters of the King's School there, and the son probably obtained his education in that institution. He received his lieutenant's commission in 1739, and went with Anson in the expedition which made the "Centurion" famous. They sailed in 1740, a badly equipped expedition of six ships, of which two never rounded Cape Horn, and another, the " Wager," was driven ashore and lost. When the " Centurion " reached Juan Fernandez there were not more than thirty men on board capable of work. The desperate plight of the expedition may be judged from the statement that of the 961 men who had left England there were but 335 men and boys remaining. With these in the "Centurion" and the "Gloucester," Anson destroyed the Spanish commerce, blockaded the
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