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Ch.18: The Pitt or Regent Diamond

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XVIII.
THE PITT OR REGENT.
Found by a Slave—Stolen by an English Skipper—Treachery and Murder—Sold for £1,000—Bought for £24,500— Re­sold to the Regent of France for £135,000—Stolen and Restored to the Garde-Meuble—Pawned to the Dutch —Redeemed and Worn by Napoleon the Great—Cap­tured after Waterloo, and taken to Berlin—On View at the Paris Fxhibition—Among the Crown Jewels of France, and Valued at £480,000.
IRST known as the " Pitt," then as the " Regent," this perfect diamond has a remarkable history. There are two stories of its original discovery. They do not differ sufficiently to cast a doubt upon the general facts. The second version of the narrative is easily reconcilable with the first.
The adventures of the " Pitt " begin very much on the lines of several other great stones. Cupidity, murder, remorse, are factors in the opening chapter. Trouble, political, social, and personal, accompany the gem to its latest resting-place. It was found by a slave in the Parteal mines, on the Kistna, in the year 1701. The story goes that, to secure his treasure, he cut a hole in the calf of his leg, and concealed it, one account says, in the wound itself, another in the
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