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Rhodes, born in 1741, died February 1,
1770, and the inventory of the estate was
taken by John Boyden. There is a rec-
ord of his having enlisted in February,
1760, for the French and Indian War. He
married, January 18, 1764 (intentions pub-
lished December 29, 1763) Mary Boyden,
born May 11, 1744, in Walpole, Massa-
chusetts. She married (second) Novem-
ber 24, 1775, Asa Morse. She died Octo-
ber 3, 1843. Children of Stephen (2)
Rhodes : Millie, married a Mr. Plimpton ;
Mary, born August 24, 1767, married
Jesse Pratt; Aaron, married Mary Wil-
kinson; Stephen, mentioned below.

(VI) Stephen (3) Rhodes, youngest
child of Stephen (2) and Mary (Boyden)
Rhodes, was born October 17, 1769, and
married (first) April 5, 1792, Anna (Dan-
iels) Carpenter, born March 27, 1763,
daughter of Francis Daniels, and widow
of Nehemiah Carpenter, of Foxboro, Mas-
sachusetts. She died January 25, 1814.
He married (second) March 20, 1815,
Polly Carpenter, who died April 9, 1839.
He died July 20, 1852. Children of first
marriage: Achsah, born April 14, 1793,
died October 30, 1795 ; Stephen, March
I 5, 1795, died October 24, 1874; Susan,
May 10, 1797, married Ira Fairbanks, died
1864; Anna, mentioned below; Mary,
March 20, 1804, married Ira French. Chil-
dren of second marriage : Catherine, born
March 12, 1816, married William Payson;
Maria, November 1, 1817, married Ste-
phen Coleman ; Martha, December 4, 1819,



married William Hitchcock; Elizabeth C,
May 20, 1824, married a Mr. Greene ;
Sarah, January 9, 1828, died January 3,
1839.

(VII) Anna Rhodes, third daughter of
Stephen (3) and Anna (Daniels-Carpen-
ter) Rhodes, was born July 6, 1799, and
became the wife of John Corey, of Fox-
boro (see Corey VI).

(The Churchill Line).

(I) John Churchill, born in England
about 1620, died at Plymouth, Massachu-
setts, in 1662, appears first in American
records on the list of men able to bear
arms at Plymouth in 1643. He bought a
farm of Richard Higgins in Plymouth,
August 18, 1645, was admitted a freeman,
June 5, 1651, and became owner of much
land. He made a nuncupative will, May
3, 1662, proved October 20, 1662. He
married, December 18, 1644, Hannah Pon-
tus, daughter of William Pontus, and she
married (second) June 25, 1669, Giles
Rickard, as his third wife ; she died at
Hobb's Hole, December 22, 1690, in her
sixty-seventh year. Children: Joseph,
born 1647; Hannah, November 12, 1649;
Eliezer, April 20, 1652; Mary, August 1,
1654; William, mentioned below; John,
i657-

(II) William Churchill, third son of
John and Hannah (Pontus) Churchill,
was born 1656, in Plymouth, and died in
Plympton, October 5, 1722. He inherited
lands in Plympton, then Punkatussett, a
part of old Plymouth, and was among the
first settlers there. He and his wife were
members of the Plymouth Church. He
married, in Plymouth, January 17, 1683,
Lydia Bryant, daughter of Stephen and
Abigail (Shaw) Bryant, died February 6,
1736, in her seventy-fourth year. Chil-
dren, born in Plympton : William, men-
tioned below; Samuel, April 15, 1688; .
James, September 21, 1690; Isaac, Sep-



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tember 16, 1693; Benjamin, 1695; Lydia,
April 16, 1699; Josiah, August 21, 1702;
Mehitable.

(III) William (2) Churchill, eldest
child of William (1) and Lydia (Bryant)
Churchill, was born August 2, 1685, in
Plympton, and resided in that town at a
place called Rocky Gutter. With his wife
he was a member in good standing of the
church, and was three times representa-
tive of the town in the General Court. He
died February 3, 1760. He married, No-
vember 4, 1704, Ruth, daughter of John
Bryant, born 1684-85, died April 17, 1757.
Children: Ebenezer, born October 8,
1705; Hannah, October 23, 1707; David,
mentioned below ; Rebecca, January 8,
1712; William, December 15, 1714; Ruth,
September 14, 1716; Nathan, May II,
1718; Abigail, July II, 1720; Ichabod,
September 24, 1722; Sarah, February 7,
1725 ; Joanna, July 22, 1727.

(IV) David Churchill, second son of
William (2) and Ruth (Bryant) Churchill,
was born November 4, 1709, in Plympton,
in which town he lived, and there built a
house, and died September 2J, 1785. He
married, in 1729, Mary Magoon, who died
April 18, 1785. Children: David, born
August 9, 1729; Hannah, June 17, 1733;
William, November 28, 1739; Elias, Au-
gust 7, 1742; James, mentioned below.

(V) James Churchill, youngest child
of David and Mary (Magoon) Churchill,
was born May 29, 1746, in Plympton,
where he made his home, and died March
12, 1803. He was a Revolutionary soldier,
serving as a sergeant in Captain Thomas
Loring's company at the Lexington alarm,
and was later ensign and first lieutenant
in Captain Jesse Harlow's company, sta-
tioned at Plymouth, commissioned Janu-
ary 16, 1776. He was also a first lieu-
tenant from February 29 to May 31, 1776,
serving three months. He was a member
of Captain Cole's company, of Colonel



Robinson's regiment from July 26, 1777,
to January 1, 1778. He married, October
31, 1765, Priscilla Soule, daughter of Ben-
jamin (2) Soule, born April 1, 1745, died
October 9, 1837, granddaughter of Ben-
jamin (1) and Sarah (Standish) Soule.
Children: Oliver, born April 21, 1767;
Priscilla, April 30, 1768; James, men-
tioned below; Isaiah, October 5, 1773;
Jane, March 21, 1776; Christiana, Sep-
tember 19, 1778; Clara, June 15, 1782;
Harriet, March 25, 1785, died young;
Sophia, November 3, 1787; Harriet, June
18, 1791.

(VI) James (2) Churchill, second son
of James (1) and Priscilla (Soule)
Churchill, was born February 26, 1771, in
Plympton, where he resided, and died in
March, 1803. He married, February 16,
1794, Sarah, daughter of Ebenezer and
Silence (Hudson) Soule. She survived
him and married (second) Jephtha De-
lano, of Duxbury. Children : Olive Soule,
born February n, 1795, and Sarah Hud-
son, mentioned below.

(VII) Sarah Hudson Churchill, second
daughter of James (2) and Sarah (Soule)
Churchill, was born May 6, 1797, and be-
came the wife of Jabez Fuller, of Ver-
mont (see Fuller VIII).



CHACE, George Albert,

Enterprising Citizen.

The surname Chase or Chace is derived
from the French "chasser," to hunt, and
the family has been prominent in England
since the first use of surnames. The seat
of the family in England was at Chesham,
in Buckinghamshire, through which runs
a rapidly flowing river called the Chess,
whence the name of the town and per-
haps also of the family. Thomas and
Aquila Chase, brothers, whose English
ancestry is traced to remote antiquity, are
believed to have been cousins of William



ENCYCLOPEDIA OF BIOGRAPHY



Chase, the immigrant ancestor, mentioned
below. Some branches of this family in
America have used the spelling Chace,
but the form in most general use is that
of Chase.

(I) William Chase, a native of Eng-
land, born in 1595, came to America in
Governor Winthrop's fleet in 1630, accom-
panied by his wife Mary and son William.
He settled first in Roxbury, Massachu-
setts, where he became a member of the
First Church, presided over by Rev. John
Eliot, the Indian apostle. In the autumn
following his arrival he was propounded
for freeman, and was admitted May 14,
1634. About 1637 he joined the company
which established a new plantation at
Yarmouth, in what is now Barnstable
county, Massachusetts. There he served
as constable in 1639, and continued to
reside there until his death, in May, 1659.
In October following his widow passed
away. William Chase was a soldier
against the Narragansett Indians in 1645.
He had two children born after his arrival
in America, namely : Mary, May, 1637, in
Roxbury, and Benjamin, 1639, in Yar-
mouth.

(II) William (2) Chase, eldest son of
William (1) and Mary Chase, was born
about 1622, in England, and accompanied
his father to Yarmouth, where he lived,
and died February 27, 1685. There is no
record of his wife. His children were:
William, Jacob, John, Elizabeth, Abra-
ham, Joseph, Benjamin, and Samuel.

(III) Joseph Chase, fifth son of Wil-
liam (2) Chase, resided in Swansea, Mas-
sachusetts, where his will was proved
January 19, 1725. He married, February
28, 1694, Sarah, daughter of Sampson and
Isabel (Tripp) Sherman, of Swansea,
born September 24, 1677. Children : Abi-
gail, born July 6, 1695 '< Lydia, October
18, 1696; Job, January 21, 1698; Alice,
November 16, 1700; Ruth, April 15, 1702;



Sampson, April 1, 1704; Isabel, October 6,
1705 ; Joseph, July 11, 1707; Stephen, May
2, 1709; Sarah, Silas, George, Ebenezer,
and Moses.

(IV) George Chase, son of Joseph and
Sarah (Sherman) Chase, was born in
Swansea, and lived in that town. He
married (first) April 2, 1737, Lydia Shove,
and (second) Sarah Cornell. Children :
George, married, September 2, 1759, Eliz-
abeth Gibbs Weaver ; Edward, married,
17th of 4th month, 1766, Mrs. Joanna
Maxwell, a widow ; Benjamin, mentioned
below; Micajah, married, September 9,
1779, Hannah Shove; Paul, married Mary
Kelly; Sarah, married George Bowen;
Huldah, married, 26th of 3d month, 1779,
Nathaniel Shove.

(V) Benjamin Chase, third son of
George and Lydia (Shove) Chase, lived
in Swansea, and married (first) Decem-
ber 12, 1770, Rhoda Upton, and (second)
August 11, 1776, Sarah Cornell. Children
of first marriage: Enos, born August 14,
1771, married Catherine Palmer; Edward,
married Patty Chase ; Benjamin, born
1773, married Betsey Strange. Of second
marriage: Theophilus, born 1777, mar-
ried Ruth Shove; Elkanah, 1778, died un-
married; Richard, 1781, married Sarah
Brown ; Palmer, September 20, 1783, mar-
ried (first) Mehetabel Briggs, (second)
Sarah Chase, (third) Lydia Skinner (Lin-
coln) ; Miller, February 2, 1786, married
Mary Chase ; Rhoda, married John Earle ;
Robert, mentioned below; Sarah, 1792,
married Sanford Chaffee.

(VI) Robert Chase, tenth son of Ben-
jamin Chase, and child of his second wife,
Sarah (Cornell) Chase, was born April
27, 1790, in Swansea, and married (first)
December 3, 1812, Deborah, daughter of
Antipas Chace, and (second) Ann Gard-
ner. Children, all born of the first mar-
riage: Isaac, November 22, 1813, married
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tioned below; Baylies, October 10, 1823,
died 1845; Robert W., October 15, 1828,
died 1857; Richard, September 7, 1831,
died 1858; Daniel, May 31, 1835.

(VII) Albert Gordon Chace, second
son of Robert and Deborah (Chace)
Chase, was born September 3, 181 5, and
was a ship carpenter, residing in Somer-
set, Massachusetts, where he died Decem-
ber 21, 1883. He married, February 9,
1842, Sarah Sherman Purinton, who sur-
vived him more than seven years, dying
April 23, 1891. They had but one child.

(VIII) George Albert Chace, son of
Albert Gordon and Sarah Sherman (Pur-
inton) Chace, was born September 16,
1844, in Somerset, Massachusetts, where
his boyhood days were passed, and re-
ceived his education in the public schools
of that town. At the age of seventeen he
enlisted as a soldier of the Union army,
became a member of the Second Regi-
ment Massachusetts Volunteer Militia,
commanded by Colonel Silas P. Rich-
mond, of Freetown. He served through
the campaign in Northern Carolina, under
General Foster, and was discharged in
July, 1863. Returning to Massachusetts
in May, 1864, he began his business career
in the office of Charles O. Shove, first
treasurer of the Granite Mills at Fall
River. Here, by diligent application and
best use of his time, he gained thorough
familiarity with the cotton manufactur-
ing business as then conducted. After
ten years of service in a subordinate
capacity he was elected treasurer and
manager of the Shove Mills, in 1874.
Under his direction was built and
equipped Shove Mill No. 1, from plans
prepared by Mr. Shove, and in 1880 Mr.
Chace built and equipped Shove Mill No.
2. These mills operated some sixty thou-
sand spindles and about fifteen hundred
looms. In 1881 Mr. Chace was elected
treasurer and manager of the Bourne



Mills, in North Tiverton, Rhode Island,
which position he occupied until his death,
October 23, 1907. These mills were
planned, constructed and equipped by Mr.
Chace, with about forty-three thousand
spindles and some twelve hundred and
sixty looms. In 1889 he established a
system of profit sharing, by which the
operatives participated in the prosperity
of the mills in proportion to their contri-
bution toward their success. Not long
after his election as manager of the
Bourne Mills, Mr. Chace resigned the
management of the Shove Mills, but con-
tinued to be a large shareholder and
director of the corporation. For ten years
he was a director of the Massasoit Na-
tional Bank, from which position he re-
signed in 1892. Mr. Chace was a pioneer
in the system of profit sharing now in
vogue with many corporations of the
country, and his experiment attracted
much attention from capitalists and labor-
ing men. He was a member of the Asso-
ciation for Promoting Profit Sharing, and
made an address before the Economic
Club of Boston, February 10, 1903, which
was received with special favor and atten-
tion. His plans were already in opera-
tion at the Bourne Mills, and their suc-
cess entitled him to this attention. It
was apparent that this subject had re-
ceived much study at his hands, and his
treatment of it was divided under many
headings, such as : "Problems and Prog-
ress," "Legislation and Invention," "In-
crease of Energy," "Standard of Living,"
"Industrial Remuneration," "Profit Shar-
ing," "Fourteen Years of Profit Sharing,"
"The Plan Explained," "Dividends,"
"Employers' Standpoint," "Profit Shar-
ing Profitable," and "Motive." This ad-
dress was published in full in the "Lend
a Hand Record," edited by Edward Ever-
ett Hale and William M. F. Round, and
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others in the conduct of similar philan-
thropic and sound business propositions.
While active as a business man whose
time was much occupied by modern prac-
tical problems, Mr. Chace was ever ready
to give of his time, means and influence
in promoting the welfare of those about
him. He was one of the projectors of the
Fall River Boys' Club, and its president
as a corporation. He was at one time a
vice-president of the Young Men's Chris-
tian Association, and was one of the lead-
ing members of the First Christian
Church of Fall River, in which he was
several years a deacon and during the last
twelve years of his life superintendent of
its Sunday school. He was among the
most liberal financial supporters of the
church, and much devoted to its every
interest. His mind did not become nar-
rowed by continued application to busi-
ness, but was ever broadened by his read-
ing and study. He gave considerable
spare time to the study of languages, and
acquired some knowledge of seven
tongues, although he was not generally
known as other than a business man. On
the Monday succeeding his death, the
Boston "Transcript" published the fol-
lowing from the pen of Edward Everett
Hale, a most worthy testimonial to the
life services and value as a citizen of Mr.
Chace :

Mr. George A. Chace, who died suddenly last
week, was one of the most valuable men in our
community. I suppose his name is much less
known than those of many noisy men. But he
was an unselfish man, of wide and intelligent
views, who had rendered, and would have ren-
dered, very great service to the Commonwealth.

Mr. Chace was the chief manager of the
Bourne Mills in Fall River. I suppose he had a
large pecuniary interest in them. From the time,
many years ago, when his suggestions were recog-
nized as valuable, he had urged the introduction
of "profit sharing" in the management of those
mills — and he had urged it so intelligently that it
had been adopted there.



This was the largest enterprise of that sort—
with such foundational purposes— in New Eng-
land. And not only was it a large enterprise — it
was a successful one. Whoever really cares for
the great improvement in our social order which
will come in with profit-sharing will have to
study the methods of the Bourne Mills now and
for many years past. And it is one thing to say
glibly of profit-sharing, "Oh, of course you know
that has been tried— and has failed," and quite
another thing to know the details of success and
to work out, in practice, the possibilities of the
future. The death of a great leader in such an
enterprise is a public calamity.

Edward E. Hale.

George A. Chace married, February 9,
1870, Sarah A. Brownell, born June 22,
1843, daughter of Fenner and Eleanor
(Albro) Brownell, of Fall River (see
Brownell VIII). She survives him and
resides at the family homestead in Fall
River. Mrs Chace was educated in the
public schools of Fall River and Rhode
Island Normal School at Bristol, Rhode
Island. She taught in Tiverton, Rhode
Island, and in Fall River, where she was
principal of the third school for some
time. Devoted to her home and family,
she has always taken a deep interest in
the progress and welfare of her native
city and its institutions. She is the mother
of two children: 1. Eleanor Sarah, born
March 31, 1872; graduated from Welles-
ley College, 1894, and from Johns Hop-
kins Medical School, 1901 ; on January
23, 1907, she married Dr. Edward Her-
bert, of Fall River, and they have one
son, Edward, Jr., born September 19,
1908, and a daughter, Eleanor Sarah, born
February 15, 1912. 2. Fenner Albert,
born January 9, 1875 ! a graduate of Har-
vard College, 1897, an d Harvard Medical
School, 1905 ; he married, February 19,
1907, Mary Deane BufHngton, daughter
of Charles Darius and Sabrina M. Buffing-
ton, of Fall River, and they have one son,
Fenner A., Jr., born October 5, 1908 ; Dr.
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Bourne Mills, director of the Boys' Club,
member of the First Christian Church,
and succeeded his father as superintend-
ent of the Sunday school.

(The Brownell Line).

This family is one of long and honor-
able standing in New England, its coming
to this section reaching back two hun-
dred and fifty and more years, to the
infancy of the Colonies. The Little
Compton (Rhode Island)-\Vestport (Mas-
sachusetts) branch of the family here con-
sidered has allied itself by marriage to
the first families of New England, and in
several lines its posterity trace their an-
cestry to the Pilgrims of the "Mayflower"
and others who arrived soon after.

(I) Thomas Brownell, born 1618-19,
came from Derbyshire, England, to Amer-
ica, and was residing in Portsmouth,
Rhode Island, as early as 1639. He was a
freeman there in 1655, in the same year
was a commissioner, and again in 1661-62-
63. In 1664 he was deputy, and died in
1665. He married, in England, in 1638,
and was survived by his wife Ann, who
executed an exchange in real estate after
his death, according to a contract made
by him. She died, however, before the
close of the year of his death. Children :
Mary, born 1639; Sarah, died September
6, 1676; Martha, born May, 1643; George,
1646; William, 1648; Thomas, mentioned
below; Robert, 1652; Ann, 1654.

(II) Thomas (2) Brownell, son of
Thomas (1) and Ann Brownell, was born
in 1650, resided in Little Compton, and
died May 18, 1732. The inventory of his
estate amounted to 1807 pounds, 1 shilling
and 6 pence, including Negro slaves,
sword, loom, shoemaker's tools, fifteen
kine of all ages, thirty-eight sheep, twen-
ty-three geese, eleven swine, and hives of
bees. He married, in 1678, Mary Pearce,
born May 6, 1650, daughter of Richard



and Susanna (Wright) Pearce, died May

4, 1736. Children : Thomas, born Feb-
ruary 16, 1679; John, February 21, 1682;
George, mentioned below ; Jeremiah, Oc-
tober 10, 1689; Mary, March 22, 1692;
Charles, December 23, 1694.

(III) Captain George Brownell, third
son of Thomas (2) and Mary (Pearce)
Brownell, was born January 19, 1685, in
Little Compton, and resided in the adjoin-
ing town of Westport, Massachusetts,
where he died September 22, 1756. He
was commissioned lieutenant and served
in an expedition against Canada. He
married (first) July 6, 1706, Mary Thurs-
ton, born March 20, 1685, in Little Comp-
ton, daughter of Jonathan and Sarah
Thurston. She died February 23, 1740,
and he married (second) April 18, 1745,
Comfort, widow of Philip Taylor, and
daughter of Robert and Susanna Dennis,
born March 12, 1703, in Little Compton.
There was one child of this marriage:
Mary, born March 3, 1747. Those of the
first marriage were: Giles, born March

I, 1707; Phebe, June 19, 1708; Mary, No-
vember 9, 1709, died October 6, 1791 ;
George, June 27, 171 1 ; Thomas, February

II, 1713; Elizabeth, September 13, 1717;
Jonathan, March 19, 1719, died June 11,
1776; Paul, June 12, 1721, died May 20,
1760; Stephen, mentioned below.

(IV) Stephen Brownell, youngest child
of Captain George and Mary (Thurston)
Brownell, was born November 29, 1726,
recorded in Little Compton, and probably
lived in Westport. He married, January

5, 1747, Edith Wilbor, born April 22, 1727,
in Little Compton, daughter of William
and Jane (Crandall) Wilbor. Children :
Phebe, born September 4, 1747; William,
mentioned below; Abigail, March 15,
1751 ; Edith, November 2, 1752; Mary,
April or July, 1754; George, October 29,
1756; Stephen, March 18, 1762.

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Stephen and Edith (Wilbor) Brownell,
was born July 17, 1749, rcorded in Little
Compton, died in May, 1810. He mar-
ried (first) February 14, 1771, Elizabeth
Pearce, born October 19, 1751, in Little
Compton, daughter of Giles and Mercy
(Rouse) Pearce. He married (second)
January 8, 1778, Eunice Palmer, born
1756, in Little Compton, daughter of Syl-
vester and Amey (Wait) Palmer. He
married (third) November 19, 1786, Bet-
sey Grinnell. Children of second mar-
riage: Elizabeth, born February 13,
1779 ; Sylvester, July 31, 1782 ; Humphrey,
mentioned below; of the third marriage:
Eunice, September 1, 1787; William,
March 23, 1789; Walter, September 3,
1790; Clarke, October 16, 1793; Betsey,
December 16, 1795 ; Stephen, January 2,
1798.

(VI) Humphrey Brownell, third son of
William Brownell and youngest child of
his second wife, Eunice (Palmer) Brow-
nell, was born July 19, 1785, recorded in
Little Compton, and died in 1824. He
married Sarah Head, born November 30,
1789, in Little Compton, daughter of
Daniel and Hannah (Davenport) Head,
of that town. (See Head and Davenport
families). The children of Humphrey
and Sarah (Head) Brownell were: Ma-
ria, born March 9, 1812, married Charles
Perry Dring; Julia Ann, married (first)
Nathan H. Robinson, and (second) Philip
S. Brown ; Fenner, mentioned below ;
Hannah Elizabeth, married Moses Deane.

(VII) Fenner Brownell, only son of
Humphrey and Sarah (Head) Brownell,
was born April 13, 1816, in Little Comp-
ton, and was but eight years of age when
his father died. He was early compelled
to contribute to his own support, and
when ten years of age was employed as a
farm laborer by the month. Practically
all of his education was obtained after he
had reached the age of sixteen years,
about which time he went to Fall River,



Massachusetts, and became an appren-
tice to Thomas Pickering at the carpen-
ter's trade. After five years he qualified
as a journeyman, and not long after be-
gan contracting for work on his own
account. About this time the first Tecum-
sah Mill was constructed at Fall River,
and a considerable demand for dwelling
houses sprung up. Mr. Brownell was
very active in filling this demand, and not
only built many houses in Fall River, but
did a great deal of mill repairing. About
1875 he gave up his contract business, but
still continued to perform the carpenter
work at Shove Mill No. 2 and Bourne
Mill. He also rebuilt the Wyoming
Thread Mill. For many years he was a
director of the Shove and Bourne mills.
He was a liberal supporter of the First
Christian Church, was a respected man,
of quiet habits, who lived a long and use-
ful life. He died at the home of his
daughter, Mrs. George Albert Chace, in
Fall River, August 23, 1905, in his nine-
tieth year. When about twenty-five years
old Mr. Brownell married (first) Eleanor
Albro, who lived but a few years there-
after, leaving one daughter (see Albro
V). About 1848 he married (second)
Lydia V. Millard, who died about 1890,
leaving a son, Fenner Clifford, now con-
nected with the Shove mills.

(VIII) Sarah A. Brownell, only child



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