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to smell her out as one that was going to the grave. She showed me a wound she had received in her elbow by a bayonet. She lamented the error of her former ways, but excused it by saying, 'when you are at Home, you must do as Rome does.' When she could not distinctly hear what was said, she raised herself in the bed and thrust her head forward with im­patient energy. She said, when the King, George IV., —saw her, he called her a 'jolly old fellow.' Though blind, she could discern a glimmering light, and I was told would frequently state the time of day by the effect of light."
Phoebe had nine children, but none of them attained any age except the eldest son, who was a sailor, but she had neither seen nor heard of him for many years prior to her decease.
On the 12th of August, 1814, at the festival which took place at the Royal Cricket Ground, to commemorate the peace on Napoleon Bonaparte retiring to Elba, Phoebe, as the " Oldest Inhabitant," sat on the left of the Vicar, the Rev. Robert James Carr, and was an interesting object, then 100 years of age, and many presents in silver and one pound notes found their way to her from the opulent and enquiring part of the crowd, and she cheerfully joined in the National Anthem.
This incident brought her into great notoriety; and several ladies, being struck with her appearance, and pleased with the respectable character she bore, raised a subscription, each subscriber being presented with Phoebe's likeness, beneath which was inscribed, "An industrious woman living at Brighton, with very slender means of support, which she can only earn by selling the contents of her basket, for whose assistance this etching is sold."
On the celebration of the Coronation of George IV., July 19th, 1821, Phoebe, at the age of 107, and totally
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