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DABNEY, Charles William, consul, born in Alexandria, Virginia, 19 March 1794; died in Fayal, Azores, 12 March. 1871. In 1826 he became U. S. consul at Fayal. and won the affections of the islanders in a remarkable degree by his efforts for their welfare. In the famines that visited the Island from time to time during his residence, some of which were very severe, he furnished the inhabitants with food, assisted them to replant their fields, advised and suggested the culture of new and more varied crops, encouraged the despondent, and restrained the over-sanguine. During the whole of his residence in the Island he acted the part. of a wise and judicious father to the people, and, wherever he went, their blessings and gratitude were manifested.
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