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at Newport, R. I. He was present at the battle of Long
Island, Aug. 29, 1778.

61. iii. Mary, b. July 4, 1763, in East Haddam, Conn.

iv. Hannah, b. Aug. 13, 1765, in East Haddam, Conn. : d. Oct. 27.
1776, ae. 11 yrs.

62. V. Dasius, b. July 29, 1766-67, in East Haddam, Conn.

vi. Lucy, b. May 26, 1769, in East Haddam, Conn.; d. Oct. 1, 1776,

ae. 7 yrs.
vii. Ubi, b. Aug. 18, 1771, in East Haddam, Conn.; d. Oct. 4, 1776.

ae. 5 yrs.
yiii. JfEHEMiAH, b. March 18, 1774, in East Haddam, Conn.; d. Sept.

27, 1776, ae. 2 yrs.

Daniel* Brainerd {BezaleeP, Daniel'-, Daniel^) of East
Haddam, Middlesex Co., Conn.; m., April 16, 1768, Ann
Marsh, b. May 15, 1748, in Quiney, Mass., dau. of John and
Submit (Woodward) Marsh, who was son of John Marsh
who was son of Alexander Marsh, all of Braintree, later
called Quincv, Mass. Mrs. Ann (Marsh) Brainerd d. Jan.
31, 1772 ; by'gr-ivestone Dec. 31, 1771. He m. (2), Dec. 31,
1773, Dorcas (Dimmock) Gilbert, dau. of Samuel and Han-
nah (Davis) Dimmock, and widow of William Gilbert, to
whom she was married April 26, 1768. She had two sons
by her first marriage. Samuel Dimmick, or Dimmock, was
son of Shubael and Tabitha (Lathrop) Dimmick. He was
chosen clerk, at the town meeting in East Haddam, from
1769 to 1777, inclusive. He was a farmer. Mrs. Dorcas
(Dimmock) (Gilbert) Brainerd d.
Mr. Daniel Brainerd d.

♦Colonial Records of Connecticut (1775-1776), Vol. XV, p. 340, May,
1776. "This Assembly do establish Bezaleel Brainerd to be Lieutenant of
the 2d company or trainband in the 12th regiment in thin Colony."

Page 428, June, 1776: "This Assembly do appoint Bezaleel Brainerd
to be 1st Lieutenant of the 1st company or trainband in said battalion

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Children by the first marriage :

03. i. Anna Maksh, b. Feb. 7, 1770, or b. Feb. 6, 1769, in East Had-

dam, Conn., by record. She said the first date was correct.

04. ii. Daniei. Adams, b. Dec. 31, 1770 or 1771, in East Haddam,


Children b}- the second marriage :

iii. Robert, b. about 1775, in East Haddam, Conn. The date of
his death not known by his relatives. He died from home,
and is supposed not to have been married.
Co. iv. S.\MUEL DiMMiCK, b. Dec. 26, 1777, in East Haddam, Conn.

V. Dyer, b. about 1779, in East Haddam, Conn. He never married.
He served on board of a ship, and was so severely punished
that it caused his death.

26. Enoch* Beainerd* {Bezaled'', DanieV^, DanieV-) of East
Haddani; Middlesex Co., Conn. ; m. Prudence Hungerford,
b. , dau. of Green and, probably, Elizabeth

(Stewart) Hungerford of East Haddam, Conn. He was
a farmer in East Haddam. He was commander of a cavalry
company. Mrs. Pi-udence (Hungerford) Brainerd d. Feb.
r. 1T90', in Millington Parish, East Haddam, s. 38 yrs.;
by record by D. D. Field, in her 40th yr. He m. (2),
Esther Southward, b. , dau. oi Beriah and

( ) Southward of Lebanon, Conn. He

was Capt. of the North Co., Millington, of the home militia
in 1816. Capt. Enoch Brainerd d. April 12, 1796, in Mil-
lington, Conn., in his 47th yr. Mrs. Esther (Southward)
Brainerd d.

Children by the first marriage :
O.C. i. Prudence, b. in Milling:ton Soc. Conn.
67. ii. Phebe, b. in Millington Soc. Conn.
CS. iii. AzL-BAH, b. July 6, 1778, in Millington, Soc, Conn.

69. iv. EoxANNA, b. in Millington Soc, Conn.

70. V. Harriet, b. March 6, 1787, in Millington Soc, Conn.

vi. A child, b. Dec. 21, 1789, in Millington Soc, Conn.; d. Dec 2.S

or 27, 1789.
vii. Elizabeth, d. in New Lebanon. N. Y.; unm.
viii. Rebecca, d. in New Lebanon, N. Y. : unm.

Child by the second marriage :

71. ix. Enoch S., b. April 2, 1796, in Lebanon. Conn.

♦Colonial Records of Connecticut (1636-1665), Vol. I, p. 270, May,
1777: "This Assembly do establish Enoch Brainerd to be Ensign of the
7th company or trainband in the 25th regiment in this State."

t Colonial Records of Connecticut (16651677), Vol. II, p. 140, Oct.,
1778: "Tliis Assembly do establish Enoch Brainerd to be Lieutenant of
the 13th company or trainband in the 25th regiment in this State."

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27, Daniel"' Bkaixaed {Daniel*, DanieF, Daniel-, Daniel'^) of

East Haddam, Middlesex Co., Coun. ; m., iu Richmond,
Mass., (Dimmis) Damaris (Fox) Cliamberlain, b. May 13,
1757, iu East Haddam, Conn., dau. of Daniel and Hannah
(Burr) Fox. and widow of John, or Brown Chamberlain.

He served liis countrj- in the American Revolution, both on
sea and laud. He commanded a privateer, which was for a
time successful, and it is supposed, from his share in prizes,
he acquired considerable property. But at length he was
taken by the British and confined' on board of a prison ship
in New York city, and subjected to indignity and abuse. He
lost much property at one time and another and finally his
all at New London, when that town was taken and partly
burned by the infamous Benedict Arnold.

He lived in Richmond, Mass.; from there he moved to Che-
nango Co., N. Y., in 1788, and later to Canandaigua, N. Y..
when there were only four log cabins in the place. He was
poor and somewhat discouraged, but while able to labor
sustained his family by farming and surveying lands.
From Canandaigua "he removed to Lower Sandusky, now
Fremont, Ohio, about 1814.

Mrs. Damaris (Fox) (Chamberlain) Brainard d. May 26.
1826, ae. 69 yrs., in Fremont, Ohio. Mr. Daniel Brainard
d. Dec. 31, 1837, in his 83d yr., in Fremont, Ohio, and in
view of his services in the Revolution, he was buried witli
military honors.

Children :

72. i. Damel. b. Oct. 20, 1787. in Eiclmiond. Mass.

73. ii. Esther or Hester, b. 1791, in Canandaigua, X. Y.

74. iii. Elect.\, b. 1793, in Canandaigua. N. Y.

75. iv. Jekemi.\h Gates, b. Aug. 27. 1796. in Canandaigua. N. Y'.

v. Seldex, b. 1799. in Canandaigua. X. Y. ; d. ae. 22 yrs., in con-
sequence of a fall.

28. Esther^ Beaix-VRd (Daniel*. DanieF, Daniel-, Daniel^) of

East Haddam. Middlesex Co., Conn.; m.. May 8. 1781,
Gurdon Collins Johnson, b. Feb. 2, 1759. in Killing-
worth, Conn., son of Samuel and Margery (Collins) John-
son of the same place. He lived in Guilford, Conn., in
1783, and after that moved to New York state, and thence
to Vermont. Mr. Gurdon Collins Johnson d. Feb. 22. 1813.
Mrs. Esther (Brainerd) Johnson d. at Dryden, N. Y.,
March 10. 1819. ae. 65 yrs. She was buried at Virgil, 12
miles distant, in the countv of Cortland, X. Y.

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Johnson cliildreu :
i. Clarissa Fidelia, b. Jan. 5. 17S2. in Guilford. Conn,

iii. Samuel Van Veciitex. b. .

iv. Esther Braixeed, b. .

V. D.-^xiEL Braixerd. b. .

vi. Statyra. b. .

29. Jekemiah Gates" Bkaixaed {Daniel^, DaiiieP, Daniel\Dan-
ieV) of Xew London, Xew London Co., Conn.; m., Dec.
10, 1783, Sarah Gardiner, b. March 10, 1767, dau. of John
and Sarah (Pabner) Gardiner of New London, Conn.

'■ He was at Eoxbury at tlie battle of Bunker Hill, though
but a lad of 16 years. He was on a height, where he could
see the battle, and near him was a large body of Ameri-
can soldiers; among these was his brother Gideon, who
beckoned to him and cautioned him to keep out of the range
of the shots from the British ships of war. He was fitted
for Yale College by Eev. Elijah Parsons, pastor of the
church in East Haddam, and, while a membei- of that insti-
tution, distinguished himself as a scholar, particularly in the
languages, being a successful candidate for the Berkeleian
prize. He was graduated in 1779 as a B.A. and an M.x\.,
and about that time received a Lieutenant's commission,
with a view of being an officer in one of the companies then
proposed to be raised and constituted a part of the Ameri-
can army. For some reason the regiment was not raised,
though the officers were commissioned! He held his com-
mission about a year, and during a part of that time was
fmployed principally in attending to the accounts of the
Connecticut Line at the War Office, in Philadelphia; some
part of the time he spent at West Point. He then resigned,
and began the study of law with Gen. D^-er Throop in East
Haddam. He settled in Xew London, and, besides attend-
ing to the duties of his profession, was honored with various
civil offices. He was a justice of the peace from October,
ISOO to 1829, inclusive. He was on the circiiit court from
1802 to 1808, inclusive, and practicing attorney from 1780
during his life.

"' For several years he represented New London in the legisla-
ture and was once chosen clerk of the House. He was
appointed judge of the Supreme Court in 1806 and Mayor
of New London in 1805, both of which offices he held till
1829, when he resigned them in consequence of infirm
health. His character was held in the highest estimation
by his fellow citizens as a public man, and his domestic
virtues adorned humanity. As a judge he was highly
esteemed by the bench, and greatly respected by the bar.
Stern integrity ever marked his conduct in his political
and private life. His funeral obsecjuies were attended by
tlie mayor, aldermen, and common council of the city, ei\al
officers of the town, and a concourse of citizens, who will

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long venerate his nieniorv." — From Tlie Xeiv London

Gazette of Jan. 19, 1830.
He delivered an oration on the death of Washington in 1800.
Mr. Jeremiah Gates Brainard d. Jan. T. 18.30, in his 71st yr.

Mrs. Sarah (Gardiner) Brainard d. June 13. 1830, ae.

63 yrs.

Children :
76. i. WnxiAM Fowler, b. Sept. 21, 17S4, in Xew London, Conn.

ii. Dyer Thkoop, b. June 10, 1790. in Xew London, Conn.; unm. ;
d. Feb. 6. 1863. He graduated at Yale College in 1810. and
was made a B.A. in 1810 and M.D. bv his alma mater in
1826. He began tlie practice of physic in 1813 in New
London, where he remained through life. He attended a
course of medical lectures in X. Y. in the winter of 1819-
1820. He was a surgeon of the Third Brigade in 1814, and
continued in that capacity for many years. He was a
member of the New London jSIedical Society from 1845 till
his death. A Fellow from counties to the annual conven-
tion, from 1818-1842 inclusive. He was chosen director of
the New London Bank in 1846, and continued many years
as director. He was alderman, and judge of New London
City Court in 1847.

iii. LucRETiA, b. April 19, 1792, in New London. Conn.; d. on her
birthday, April 19, 1831, ae. 89 yrs.

iv. John Gardiner Caulkins, b. Oct 21, 1796. in New London,
Conn. Until his entrance into college his time was spent
under the roof of his father, the Hon. Jeremiah G. Brainard.
Having finished his preparatory studies imder the direction
of an elder brother, he entered Yale College in 1811. His
social qualities, equally with his gifts of intellect, drew
forth tSe strong regards of his more particular acquaint-
ance in college, and he met them with the smile and the
repartee, with the playful jest and mimic fun, which are so
easily tolerated in the gayer intercourse of friends, and
which, in him never gave offense. The possession of these
feelings was not, however, incompatible with a tinge of
thoughtful and almost depressing pensiveness which was
sometimes observed on his features.
Brainard ai^iluati'd in ISl.". V...',.. and. returning to his native
pl;ice. .■ til.' -iPil. ..f law in the office of his
brother. Wiiliam 1'. lii ,i iiia i i, Esq. On the completion of
his profc~-i.'n:il ..ii;-. an.l a.liuission to the bar he re-
moved to the city of ili.ldletown. with a view to the prac-
tice of law. This was in 1819; but in the earlier part of
the year 1822 he engaged in the duties of an editor in the
city of Hartford, his paper being a weekly, The Connecticut
Mirror. His career in the profession he had chosen was
therefore short.
With whatever gifts of intellect he was endowed, and however
he might have excelled in the profession, had he applied
all his powers to it. still it was not the calling he loved,
and he had no disposition to make the desired application.
Judging by the event he was destined to become eminent in
another walk of life. The direction of Brainard's genius
appeared in the poetic creations he was meditating during
his residenc-e in Middletown. These resulted in several of
his smaller printed poems. He also prepared at the same
period, several pieces for a literary paper conducted by Cor-
nelius Tuthill. JEsq., one of the earlier editors of The 'Chris-
tian Spectator. The paper was published at New Haven,
and called The Microscope. The humorous story of Gabriel


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Gap iu that publication was from the pen of Brainard,
though he left it unfinished.

His literary career as an editor and as a writer of poetry was
short, extending only to six years. It was, nevertheless,
important to his own fame and to his country's intellectual
wealth. He culled every variety of sweet that lay in his
path, and looked on nature and man with the eye of a
poet, and to subserve a poet's purposes.

Three years sufficed to furnish a small volume of the poetry
thus contributed to Tlie Mirror, or that remained by him
unprinted. It was published early in the year 1825. It
was accompanied by a very brief and unpretending intio-
duction, and left to find its way by its own merits into the

hearts and minds of his fiHii'iiiy n. The naivete with

which it was committed tu linn ,1,111;: i^n was answered
by a generous and general :ip|iin\:il .f ii~ contents.

Other fugitive pieces followed ilii^ \Mlumo. which, together
with the former, were collected in a volume published in
1832 by Mr. Goodsell, with a sketch of the author's life by
Mr. Whittier prefixed. In 1842 another edition of his
poems was given the public, published in Hartford by Ed-
ward Hopkins, with a memoir of his life and poems in-
scribed to his memory from the pens of Whittier, Mrs.
Sigourney, Snelling, and Dutton.

Early was our poet called to resign life into the hand of the
Giver. His health had begun to decline previously to the
spring of 1827, at which period he retired from his pro-
fessional labors, though not with a design to relinquish
them finally. He sought repose in his native town; but
nothing could arrest the progi'css of his disease, which
proved to be consumption. He lingered till the 26th of
Februarj-, 1828, when he cheerfully departed to his rest, ae.
31 yrs., 4 mos., 5 dys.

The following is from an address of- Rev. D. D. Field at the
second centennial anniversary of Middletown, Conn. :

" While in Middletown he was an universal favorite, so sweet
was his temper, so correct his taste, and so interesting his
conversation. His fame arose especially from afterwards
becoming the editor of The Connecticut Mirror at Hartford,
and issuing in that periodical short pieces of and
poetry. His conversion and his profession of religion were
both remarkable, and, when he came to die, faith in Christ
turned the shadows of death into the light of the morning."

The late William E. Cone, of Hartford. Conn., in his reminis-
cences of the Hartford Bar, November, 1861, sent the follow-
ing article under the title " Old Days of Hartford, Conn..'
to one of the Hartford papers, which is inserted here :


J. G. C. Brainard, John Gardiner Caulkins Brainard, was
reckoned among the Hartford lawyers in 1826. I did not
know him ; but afterwards heard so much of him from my
partner, William Hungerford, who knew the whole family
well, that I almost think of him as an early acquaintance.
He was the son of Jeremiah G. Brainard, a judge of the
Superior Court, and the lirothcr of William F. Brainard, a
la^vyer with a successful practice in New London. Judge
Brainard I have seen. He was a man of very diminutive
stature. During his time on the bench much more form
and ceremony was observed and more dignity given to all
court proceedings and deference and respect shown to the
judge than in these modern times. The judge was always
accompanied from his lodgings to his seat on the bench

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by the sheiifi", who commanded the people in the court
room, as they entered, to " make way for the court." The
first opening of the superior court I ever witnessed was
wlien Judge Brainard was holding court at New Haven.
I heard the sheriff cry, " ilake way for the court! " and
exjjected to see some man of large proportions and dignified
deportment enter as the embodiment of the court. But
when this little, unpretentious man took his seat upon the
bench as the court, the absurdity of the thing made it
ridiculous. Judge Brainard, however, was an excellent
judge and filled this oflice most creditably. John G. C.
was a plain, ordinary-looking man, careless in his dress,
and, like his father, small in stature, which was a source
of great annoyance to him, and any allusion to his size
gieatly distressed and disturbed him. He was a universal
favorite, and his society peculiarly fascinating in his gayest
moments, and in his younger life, with his early friends,
there was a sort of drollery about him and ready wit. This
was also a marked feature in the character of his brother.
Bill Brainard, as he was familiarly called, and with whom
John studied his profession,, and between whom there was
an inseparable attachment which stuck out everywhere.
It used to be said that Bill Brainard would, at any time,
sooner lose a case than spoil a good joke. As a little sample:
There is a maxim of law in Latin, " facit per alium, facit
per se." In that day lawyers usually rode on horseback to
court. Brainard and the nfher New Txmdon lawyers were
on their way to (■<<\>y\ :it Xniwicli in llic winter — facing a
cold, northeast stiuni <>i -li ( t and rain - and after endur-
ing for a time i\\<- di-. (niilnit^ .if il;c i idr. In- called to his
lawj'er friends to tell tht-in it was an (iccasion when he
had" rather face it per alium (by another) than to face it
per se (by himself).


Early in life at times there came upon him from some cause
a" sadness which to some extent clouded his life. He was
never a hard student, but indolent and procrastinating,
never doing today what could be put off till tomorrow.
He commenced his practice at Middletown, in 1819, but it
was by no means congenial to his taste. He was sensitive
to a fault, and could not endure the rough and tumble of
life. He made no effort to secure business. His oflice
door was always open to everybody except a client. As a
lawyer he was a failure, and in this greatly disappointed
his "father, brother, and friends. In 1822 he came to Hart-
ford, opened an office here, but had no law business. He in
fact came to act as the editor of The Connecticut Mirror;
but he did not make it a success. Notwithstanding his
sensitiveness he loved society, had a host of friends, and
not an enemy. His chief if not his only distinction was as
a poet. His productions were hasty and unstudied, but
had the quality of genuine poetry. " The Fall of Niagara,'
which has been said by sucli writers and poets as Whittier
to be the most beautiful description of that fall ever
written, was composed upon the spur of the moment for
The Connecticut Mirro7: Brainard had never seen Niagara.
The printer's devil came to his office for copy for The
Mirror, but lie had none, and then while this messenger
was waiting for him to furnish some he wrote these
wonderfully" beautiful and exquisite lines. Whittier, his
friend, also wrote frequently without previous reflection
and as the inspiration prompted. Standing with a friend

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of mine, viewing the falls of the Passaic, as the water came
on rnshinjr and iiouring over the cliff, and looking down
tlic ^tiiMiii (ivc'v llie green meadow and beyond, where the
rivir ha.l r-u;! iinil its smoothness, both became absorbed in
the beauty an.l i;randeur of the scene. Whittier was asked
for a description, and instantly wrote:

" The cloven rock and the rushing Hood
Proclaim the tremendous power of God,
The verdant vale and the calm flowing river
Are the types of His kindness forever and ever.''

These two poets were great friends during their residence in
Hartford, and Whittier, after tlip dcnth of his friend,
a volume of his poems. His ■■ Murliii Mnii,lii~," llir " I'.lack
Fox of Salmon River," ■■ 'I'Ik' Shad S|,ini," and \ari,iiis
other of his poems were sui;'jr~l,'il by I he IfL^cnds wliirli
were then current in the neigliborhood when his grand-
father lived on the neck of land between the Connecticut
and Salmon Rivers. That whole region was full of ro-
mance, with which Brainard became very familiar from
his frequent visits to his father's early home. In 1827 his
health failed, consumption threatened him, he hoped for
relief, and left Hartford never to return.

The following pieces were selected from Brainard's j)oems by
his niece, Miss Mary G. Brainard of New London, Conn.,
as good examples of his genius and style:

Fort Griswold, Sept. 6, 1781.
What seek ye here — ye desperate band ?
\Vhy on tliis rough and rocky land,

With sly and muffled oar ?
Why in this red and bright array,
Stealing along the fisher's bay.

Pull ye your boats to shore?

Day broke upon that gentlest Sound,
Sequestered, that the sea has found

In its adventurous roam,
A halcyon surface — pure and deep.
And placid as an Infant's sleep

Cradled and rock'd at home.

What wakes the sleeper ? Harm is near —
That strange rough whisper in his ear,

It is a murderer's breath :
A thousand bayonets are bright
Beneath the blessed morning's light,

Sloving to blood and death.

Land ye and march — but bid farewell
To this lone Sound, its coming swell

May moan when none can save;
Many shall go and few return.
That rock shall be your only urn.

That sand your only grave.

Across the river's placid tide,

With steady stroke is seen to glide
A little vent'rous boat :

'Twas like the cloud Elijah saw.

Small as his hand, yet soon to draw-
Its quiver'd lightnings out.

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'Twas like that cloud, for in it went
A heart to speutl and to be spent

Till the last drop wa^. shed;
'Twas like that cloud: it heul a hand
That o'er its lov'd, its native land

A shadow broad has spread.

Ledyard! thy morning thought was brave.
To fight, to conquer, and to save,

Or fearlessly to die;
Well did'st thou hold that feeling true —
Did'st well that purpose bold pursue,
'Till death closed down thine eye.

I dare not tell in these poor rhymes
That bloody tale of butchering times —

'Tis too well known to all :
I write not of the foenian's path,
I write not of the battle's wrath.

But of the Hero's fall.

He sleeps where many brave men sleep.
Near Groton heights: and nibbling sheep

Their grassy graves have found;
But some, they are a few, are laid
Beneath a little swarded glade

On Fisher's Island Sound.

The Sound is p^.u tul n, ,, . ;is when
It saw that mip M :iii:i . ! men:

And one old ii-li.r th-i.'
Gave me this tale — 'twas lie who told
The rough, the headlong, and the bold

How their rash fight should fare.

He too is dead, and most are dead
Who stood or fell, who fouglit dr lied.

On that September day.
Old man! thy bones are gently laid
Close by yon shatter'd oak tree's shadi'.

Beside the fisher's bay,

Labitur ct laheiur.
The thoughts are strange that crowd into my brain,
While I look upward to thee. It would seem
As if God pour'd thee from his " hollow hand,"
And hung his bow upon thy awful front;
And spoke in that loud voice, which seem'd to him
Who dwelt in Patmos for his Saviour's sake,
"The sound of many waters"; and had bade
Thy flood to chronicle the ages back.
And notch His cent'ries in the eternal rocks.

Deep called unto deep. And what are we,
That hear the question of that voice sublime?
Oh, what are all the notes that ever rung
From war's vain trumpet, by thy thundering side!
■\'ea, what is all the riot man can make
In his short life to thy unceasing roar!
And yet, bold babbler, what art thou to Him,
Wlio "drown'd a world, and heap'd the waters far
Above its loftiest mountains? — a light wave.
That breaks and whispers of its Maker's might.

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The \v^iiiii.i may twine round his temples the leaves

Of i!ic l.iiiK 1 Victory throws him;
The L'.>\ . r iii:i\ -mill' as he joyously weaves

The I\l_viile iliat Ijpaiity bestows him.
The Foot may gather his ivy, and gaze

On its evergreen honours enchanted;
But what are their ivies, their myrtles and bays,

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