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Chapter OneI can never look back on the terrible fire of 1776, the one that destroyed hundreds of houses as well as Trinity Church, as a blessing, but in a way it was one for me. It saved me not only from the wrath of my parents but also from the ignominy of public disgrace. Of course there were those few (there are always some who suspect something other than what they are told) who treated me cautiously, as if I were not wholly trustworthy, which I guess I am not when you come right down to it.
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During the two years that preceded the fire New York was in a state of unrest, so much so that the