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NIBOYER, Bandoin Simon (he-bo-yay), Flemish author, born in Bruges in 1779 ; died in Yxelles, near Brussels, in 1834. He was a soldier during the French revolution and afterward, and lost an arm at Marengo. He visited southern Europe, Turkey, Asia Minor, and Jerusalem, and passing to Canada early in 1812 he was permitted through the influence of his cousin, an officer on the staff of the commander-in-chief, to accompany the British forces to the United States, witnessing the burning of the White House. After the peace he travelled through the northern and eastern states. He was Dutch vice-consul in Baltimore from 1821 till 1826, and married these an American lady. On his return to Holland in 1827 he was elected a member of the lower chamber, took part in the revolution of 1830, and was for three years a member of the Belgian assembly. Early in 1834 he resigned his seat, and was snaking preparations to emigrate to the United States, where he had resolved to make his home, when he died suddenly of heart disease. His works include "Histoire de la guerre entre l'Angleterre et les Etats-Unis, ses causes, ses resultats " (The Hague, 1819) ; and "Voyage pittoresque h travers les Etats-Unis de l'Amerique du Nord" (2 vols., Brussels, 1824). His " Lettres d'un diplomate" (2 vols., 1828), which were written during" the author's official career in America, and contain a description of the society of Baltimore, attained a large circulation and were widely discussed, he also wrote "Considdrations sur le systeme republicain des Etats-Unis compard avec les gouvernements representatifs d'Europe" (1831) ; and "De l'aristocratie en Europe et en Amerique" (1833).
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