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BELLMARE, Raphael, Canadian author, born in Yamachiche, Quebec, 22 February 1821. He was educated at the College of Nicolet, in which institution he was professor of belles-lettres in 1845-'7. After leaving College he edited "La Minerve" newspaper from 1847 till 1855, and, while acting in this capacity, ably supported the cause of religious instruction in the schools, in opposition to those who desired their secularization. At the confederation of the provinces he was appointed inspector of inland revenue, district of Montreal. Mr. Bellmare assisted in organizing the Canadian zouaves, which corps distinguished itself in the papal service during the troubles in Italy. He is a corresponding member of la societe des antiquaries de Norman, He is one of the founders of the soci6t6 historique de Montreal, is an indefatigable worker in the field of historical research, and possesses a valuable collection of rare books.
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