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HE last relic of the Buonapartes was found in the person of an old ecclesiastic, a wealthy canon of the Abbey of San-Miniato. The chief of the stock took refuge in the small island of Corsica, and settled at Ajaccio, among whose rude nobility his descendants were enrolled, and even admitted to all the privileges then accorded to that jealous distinction. In spite of the heroic efforts of the celebrated Paoli to preserve the independence of Corsica, it passed under the dominion of the crown of France, after which it was assimilated in its internal administration to the other provinces of France, and had provincial states composed of the three orders of nobility, clergy, and commonalty or third estate. It

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