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Re: Chevalier de Saint-Georges
In Response To: Re: Chevalier de Saint-Georges ()

Dear Mr.Oxman,
In answer to your question re: Saint-Georges' grave, your last correspondent refers to Alain Guédé's book about the chevalier. As many of that author's refrences are unreliable,he confuses the Chevalier's home address, in the rue the Chartres, which was near the Pslais Royal,with the place where he died, the apartment of Nicholas Duhamel,an former officer in Saint-Georges' Black Legion, who took care of him during the last days of his life. The location of his grave is unknown, and all the death certificates in that quarter were burned in a fire. The last official trace of Saint-Georges (sic)is not at the Hotel de Ville, but at the Archives de la Ville de Paris/Archives d'Insinuation de la Seine, under call-number DQ 8 39, a report of the removal of his body. Short of traveling to Paris, you and your previous correspondent, Mr. K.W. Lane, may find a facsimile of this document on page 520 of the latest biography of Saint-Georges, "The Chevalier de Saint-Georges, Virtuoso of the Sword and the Bow", by myself, Gabriel Banat (Pendragon Press,Hillsdale N.Y.,June 2006)as well as his obituary (page xxii-xxiii)and many other documents of his life.
Thank you and Mr. Lane for your interest in my subject, the first Afro-American classical composer.
Gabriel Banat

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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