The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 45, July 1941 - April, 1942 Page: 313
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and failure. The fate of Asylum, in the Susquehanna Valley,
where la grande maison was made ready for Louis and Marie
Antoinette, and aristocrats sought distraction in music, cards,
and dancing, was little different. French settlements in northern
New York were eventually ruined by the Erie Canal which
diverted pioneers to other areas. Land speculations by organi-
zations like La Compagnie de New York and the Asylum Com-
pany, composed of the Frenchmen, De Noailles and Talon, the
Irishman Keating, and those Pennsylvanian plungers, Robert
Morris and John Nicholson, played an important part in bringing
French refugees to America. Later, the Bonapartists came, and
Joseph Bonaparte, erstwhile king of Naples and Spain, rode in
a coach and six to the 27,000 acres he had acquired in the
wilderness of northern New York, and a coterie of Napoleon's
officers, including the famous Marshal Grouchy, settled on the
banks of the St. Lawrence.
This is an interesting tale which will particularly delight local
antiquarians and genealogists. It could have been told in shorter
compass. Nevertheless, when you next drive through New York
and Pennsylvania, you will want to hunt up the "Old French
Road;" Deferiet and La Fargeville, New York; Frenchtown
and Dushore, Pennsylvania, the latter a corruption of Dupetit-
Thouars; the Le Ray Mansion at Leraysville, New York; the
site of the mysterious Muller House twelve miles from Colgate
University, and the crumbling grave stones with strange French
names in old village cemeteries.
Judged by the standards of professional historical scholarship,
the book has its defects. Facts are intertwined with local le-
gends, and the omission of footnotes is particularly exasperat-
ing when one would like to check the sources for some of the
most interesting tales. There is no mention of French refugee
settlements in the Middle West and South, save for a brief para-
graph on Gallipolis, to which there is no reference in the bibli-
ography. Though Draper of Wisconsin considered Eleazar Wil-
liams a fraud, the author refuses to commit himself concerning
the weird tale of the dauphin, and merely retells it as a sort
of mystery story. The illustrations and maps are good. The
bibliography is not complete and omits so important a work as
J. S. Reeves' study of the Napoleonic exiles, published in The
Johns Hopkins University Studies.
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