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WP Daily Prompt July 19, 2013: Fly on the Wall—Madame De Leval Meets Gen. Henry Jackson

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WP DAILY PROMPT JULY 19, 2013:

FLY ON THE WALL—

MADAME DE LEVAL MEETS GEN. HENRY JACKSON

The wordPress daily prompt for July 19, 2013, was If you could be a “fly on the wall” anywhere and at any time in history, where and when would you choose?

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Ok, so this is the second post I’m writing on this wordPress prompt. A rare event. But there are so many places where I would like to be a “fly on the wall…”

I would like to be a fly on the wall to observe my novel’s character Madame Rosalie de Leval. In 1791 she arrived in the United States to escape the French Revolution, and within two to three months she had a contract with land speculators Gen. Henry Knox and William Duer. Her goal was to purchase 220,000 acres of land in Downeast Maine to develop a French colony where her countrymen could wait out the Revolution before returning to their homeland. The colony was meant to preserve the French culture.

Thus, my “fly on the wall” observations would cover the following events (thereby filling in the knowledge I need to write my novel):

  • Her preparations to travel from France to the United States
  • Her arrival in the United States
  • Her initial meeting with Gen. Henry Knox, his agent Gen. Henry Jackson, and William Duer
  • Her acquaintance with Franco Van Berckel, whom she weds
  • Her wedding to Van Berckel
A view of the Downeast Maine land Madame intended to purchase

A view of the Downeast Maine land Madame intended to purchase

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