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blind, took part in the ceremonies, being present on the Level in a carriage with the Vicar.
For some few years previous to her decease, which took place on the 12th of December, 1821, she was allowed half-a-guinea weekly by the King. It is related that His Majesty offered her a guinea per week, but she refused it, saying that half that sum was enough to maintain her.
Phoebe, in support of a good old Sussex custom, regularly, on St. Thomas's Day, December 21st, went out "Goodening," visiting well-to-do parishioners, to gossip upon the past, over hot elderberry wine and plum cake, and to receive doles, either in money or materials, to furnish home comforts for the celebration of the festivities of Christmas.
Mr Hyam Lewis, of Ship Street, silversmith, erected the tomb stone in the Old Churchyard, near the chancel door, where the remains of Phoebe are deposited. At the foot of her grave is interred, likewise, the remains of another character well known in the town prior to his admission to the Workhouse, where he died, and his last wishes were that he might be buried close to her. His name was Corporal Staines, of the Marines, and he served on board the Victory (the flag ship of the immortal Nelson), at the battle of Trafalgar, where that illustrious hero closed his mortal career, and the subject of this anecdote was wounded. He afterwards came to Brighton and fitted up a small hut in a bank about south-west of the commencement of the Upper Lewes Road, close to the angle of a wall, where he made a chalk battery, inter­spersed with gravel paths, with a flag staff in the centre, and had on view a collection of figures, rudely fashioned by himself from chalk, the principal being the hull of the Victory, and upon it the funeral bier of the immortal hero, dressed with sombre drapery, and a small flag bearing the motto, "Britons strike home." It was his
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