Michael Ignatieff's article "Blood Money," in the book review section (Sunday
10 Sept.) says: "Yet the past, however painful, must be faced, and wrongs
My great, great, great, great grandparents Guillaume and Agnes Dessot Duduit
came to Gallipolis, OH, on the 19th of Oct., 1790. They fled la France to
escape the Revolution. That, alone, was a "crime" punishable by death.
The day after the people murdered King Louis XVI, the Committee of Public
Safety condemned my ancestors to death, in absentia. The decree said those
who had fled (which included the king's aunts) "have no inheritance in
France," and, "must never return, until penalty of death."
Under the 14th Amendment, since Cuban-Americans are suing the Canadian
government for doing business with Cuba, using property expropriated from
Cuban-Americans, can my family not sue La France? We would only need the
property and titles back, together with interest over the last 210 years.
However, we should also seek compensation for the public humiliation and
execution of my great grandparents, the Dessots, who were beheaded as
"enemies of the people."
We call "wrongful death."
I estimate the amount France owes my family would run roughly to as much as
the French national debt.
Are there any lawyers out there who are interested?!
The Rev. Dr. Laurence J. James
583 E. Cols. St., Cols., OH 43206-2301 (614) 445-7930