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DAILLE, Pierre, clergyman, born in France in 1649; died in Boston. Massachusetts, 21 May 1715. He had been a professor at Saunmr, one of the four great Protestant schools of France. The school was destroyed by order of Louis XIV. in 1685, and about 1683 Daille was banished on account of his Huguenot faith, and was called by the consistory of the Reformed Church in New York to labor for the French there. The scattered Huguenot families in Staten Island, Bushwick, Hackensack, and Harlem were also under his care. In 1686 Rev. Lau-rentius Vandenbosch drew away two thirds of his country congregation, and established a new Church on Staten Island, but he was suspended a few years later, and in 1692 the Churches were reunited. Daill6 received a colleague, Pastor Peiret, in 1687, and from that time till 1692 he was an itinerant. Up to 1688 the French congregation worshipped in the Dutch Church in the fort, but in that year they put up a Church of their own in Market field Street, or Petticoat lane, half way between Broad and Whitehall Streets.
In 1692 Dailld fell under Jacob Leisler's displeasure for exhorting the commander to meekness, and disapproving of his violent measures, and both he and Peiret were threatened with imprisonment. Notwithstanding this, the pastor showed his Christian spirit by subsequently endeavoring to prevent Leisler's execution. For his efforts in this matter he was cited before the assembly and narrowly escaped imprisonment as a "promoter of sedition." He went to Boston in 1696, took charge of the School Street Church, and remained there till his death. The Boston "News-Letter" spoke of him as "a Person of great Piety, Charity, affable and courteous Behaviour, and of an exemplary Life and Conversation."
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