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The writer already referred to, dwelling with
great interest upon the social position of those then engaged in the
art, goes on to say:--|
"Anthony de Brossard,
Lord of St. Martin and St.
Brice, gentleman to Charles d'Artois, Count of Eu, a prince of
noble blood royal, finding this art so considerable, that understanding
it did not derogate from their nobility, obtained a grant in the year
1453 to establish a glass-house in his country, with prohibition of any
other, and several other privileges he had annexed to it. The family and
extraction of this Sieur de Brossard was considerable enough to bring him
here as an example. The right of making glass being so honorable, since
the elder sons of the family of Brossard left it off, the younger have
taken it up, and continue it to this day.
Messieurs de Caqueray,
also gentlemen of ancient extraction, obtained a right of glass-making,
which one of their ancestors contracted by marriage in the year 1468,
with a daughter of Anthony de Brossard, Lord of St. Martin, that
gentleman giving half of his right for part of her fortune, which was
afterwards confirmed in the Chamber of Accounts.
an ancient family of gentlemen, also obtained a grant of a glass-house for
recompense of their services, and for arms a