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PERRIN DU LAC, Francois Marie, French administrator, born in Chaux-de-Fonds in 1766; died in Rambouillet, Seine-et-Oise, 22 July, 1824. He entered the colonial administration in 1789, and was attached to the treasury department of Santo Domingo, took part in the rebellion of Cape Francais, fought under Mauduit du Plessis (q. v.) in the royal volunteers named Les Pompons blancs, and acted as secretary to the government commissioner that presided over the debates of the colonial assembly of St. Marc. In 1791 he accompanied Palissot de Beauvais to the United States to demand the help of congress against the negro insurgents, and remained in the country after the return of Palissot to Santo Domingo. Having obtained, through the influence of his cousin, a member of the convention, the erasure of his name from the list of emigrants, he recovered his former estate. The war between England and France preventing his immediate return to his country, he travelled through the United States and explored the southern and western states, visiting Louisiana, Mississippi, Ohio, Illinois, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. Toward the close of 1803 he returned to France, and he was attached in 1806 to the prefecture of Hamburg, but he soon resigned and retired to private life till the accession of Louis XVIII., when he was given an employment in the navy department at Paris. In 1819 14e was appointed " sous profet " of Sancerre, Cher, whence he was afterward transferred to Rambouillet. He published "Voyage dans les deux Louisianes, et chez les nations sauvages du Missouri, par les Etats-Unis, l'Ohio, et les provinces qui le bordent, en 1801, 1802, et 1803, avec un apergu des moeurs, des usages, du caractere et des coutumes religieuses et civiles des peuples de ces diverses controes " (Paris, 1805), and translated into French the poem of "Solomon," by Matthew Prior (Paris, 1808).
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