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of France1; it is said to take its name from vallum,
avallum Guidonis, as it is called in the old charters, for every Count of Laval was a Guy. These lords, like the Princes of Reuss, are all chronologically numbered. During the youth of Pyrard, Guy X reigned ; and the last of his race, Guy XXV, died in due time before the Revolution, in 1741.
In this old town was born Frangois Pyrard, the author of these volumes. The date of his birth an the quality of his parentage are alike unknown. From his remark at the commencement of the wor , that he went the voyage for the purpose of seeing the world, we may assume that he wras then, in 1601, a young man between twenty and thirty. His only relativeaand, indeed, the only other person of his nameaknown to fame, is one who was probably his brother, viz., Pierre Pyrard of Laval, who joined the Society of Jesus in the year 1602, being then twenty-one years of age. If Frangois and
1 The following works may be consulted:aAnnalles et chroni ques du pais de Laval, 1480-1537, by Guillaume Le Doyen, with, notes by L.la Beauluere, 1859,8vo.; Documents rel. a Vhist. de Laval, 1860, 8vo.; Etudes archeologiques sur la Cathedrale de Laval, by L. T. Hamard, 1885, 8vo. ; Histoire de Laval, 818-1855, by St. Couanier de Launay, 1st edit., 1856, 2nd edit., 1866, 8vo.; Mem. eccles. conc. la ville de Laval, 789-1802, 1846 ; Notices hist. sur les hdpitaux de Laval, by Leon Maitre, 1868, 12mo.
2 Laval has given birth to one greater man than any of these hve-and-twenty Guys, and has done herself the honour of placing in the principal square of the town a statue of Ambroise Pare, t e father of French surgery. The pedestal bears for its legend his own wordsaa Je le pansay, Dieu le guarist.a2 Laval has given birth to one greater man than any of these hve-and-twenty Guys, and has done herself the honour of placing in the principal square of the town a statue of Ambroise Pare, t e father of French surgery. The pedestal bears for its legend his own wordsa a Je le pansay, Dieu le guarist.a