1. 11, 1902.


  1. Florence Lyle Blair,
  2. Gordon Blair, **5
  3. Louisa Coleman Gordon Blair,
  4. John Lesslie Blair, **6 born November 9, 1826; died unmarried, September 26, 1853.

** See Longer note 24: James Blair, M.D.

**2 A miniature of Jane Isabella Lesslie Blair is in possession of her great-granddaughter, Miss Anne Blair Matthews.

**3 See Longer note: Lesslie Family.

**4 Druggist and chemist. In Governor Letcher’s Home Guard during the Confederacy. Elder in the Grace Street Presbyterian Church, Richmond.

**5 Richmond College. Druggist and chemist.

**6 Lawyer. Died of yellow fever in the South, at the age of twenty-seven. A remarkably handsome likeness of John Lesslie Blair is in possession of his nephew, Gordon Blair. It was said of him, “Everybody loved him.”

  1. Ann Elizabeth Blair, died unmarried,
  2. Jane Blair, born August 2, 1831; married her first cousin, James Heron Blair, son of John Geddes and Sarah Ann Eyre Heron Blair; died December 20, 1913. (For issue see B., John Geddes Blair Line, pages 18, 19, 20.)
  3. James Blair **7; married Marie Rosalie von Cortelburg de Dutzele **8; died without issue.

**7 The historical records and collections made by Mr. James Blair have been of much use in the compilation of “Blairs of Richmond, Virginia.”

**8 De Dutzele was a Belgian family of standing. Madame de Dutzele, of Brussels, Mrs. James Blair’s mother, was accorded an honorable title. Mrs. Blair’s grandfather, one of Napoleon I’s officers, received from the Emperor, on the field of battle, the Cross of the Legion of Honor. This Cross is in possession of Mrs. James Blair.


  1. Walter Dabney Blair, **1 sixth child and fourth son of Rev. John Durburrow and Mary Winston Blair, born July 8, 1797; married, 1st, October 11, 1823, Ellen Ewing Edmundson (d. July 25, 1830, at the age of twenty-six), daughter of Henry and Polly King Edmundson, of Montgomery County, Virginia; married, 2nd, on September 7, 1833, Louisa Edmonia Wills (d. February 14, 1886), daughter of Willis Wills, of Buckingham County, Virginia. Died April 3, 1878; buried in Shockoe Hill Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia.


By Ellen Ewing Edmundson Blair:

  1. Henry Edmundson Blair, **2

**1 Colonel in Virginia State Militia. A highly respected citizen, and a favorite with all for his honor as a business man and for his social qualities. He wished to study for the ministry, but was prevented by weak eyesight.

**2 Began the practice of law in Salem, Virginia, but enlisted as a volunteer in Hupps’ battery, 1861; Second and First Lieutenant; in many important battles of the War between the States and in active service until paroled at Appomattox, 1865. When the Dalgren raid occurred, he was captured by the raiders, and carried some distance with them until Dalgren was killed. In 1874 Henry Blair served as representative from Roanoke County in the Virginia Legislature; the same year he was elected Judge of the Circuit of the Fourteenth District of Virginia, and occupied the position for over twenty-five years. Judge Blair was of a sunny disposition, delighting in amusing stories and good humor generally. He was a great favorite on his circuit and among his friends and relatives. He was a highly esteemed Elder of the Presbyterian Church in Salem, Virginia.

  1. Ellen Edmundson Blair, died unmarried,
  2. Walter Mayo Blair, died in infancy.

By Louisa Edmonia Wills Blair:

  1. Heningham Elizabeth Blair, **3
  2. Walter Blair, **4
  3. Bernard Blair, died in infancy.
  4. Henry Edmundson Blair, of Salem, Virginia; married Evelyn Arthur Burks, daughter of Landon and Demaris Wilson Burks.


  1. Ellen Edmundson Blair, married Robert Minor Wiley, M.D., of Salem, Virginia.


  1. Evelyn Blair Wiley, married Walter Clay Chapman.


  1. Evelyn Wiley Chapman.
  2. Ellen Blair Wiley, married Howard Rice.

**3 One of the founders of the Richmond City Mission and ever active in its behalf, as in church service. A character of perfect poise, of wise judgment, calm manner, quiet culture, and generosity. “One knew her but to praise.” She held ever the deep affection and respect of her many kindred. When her funeral occurred, an unusually early morning hour found large St. James Church filled to do honor to this unpretending woman, who had been true to every person and claim. A lady indeed!

**4 See Longer note 25: Dr. Walter Blair.


  1. Lillie Ellen Rice,
  2. Emily Ann Rice.
  3. Blair Wiley (daughter).
  4. Heningham Elizabeth Blair, born July 18, 1834; married, August 5, 1868, John Hayes Claiborne; died December, 1905.


  1. Louisa Wills Claiborne, **5 married George Arnold Frick.
  2. Ellen Blair Claiborne, **6 married Thomas Nelson Williamson, son of Thomas Williamson, of Lexington, Virginia, and Sally Burwell Nelson Williamson, of Clarke County, Virginia.
  3. Walter Blair Claiborne.
  4. Walter Blair, married Ellen Donnell Smith, daughter of Samuel W. Smith **7 and Eleanor Donnell Smith.


  1. Ellen Donnell Codrington Blair. **8

**5 Member of the Maryland Society of the Colonial Dames of America and of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

**6 Member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

**7 Member of a distinguished family in Baltimore, Maryland.

**8 Member of the Virginia Society of Colonial Dames of America, of the Academy of Arts, Richmond, of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, of the Confederate Memorial Literary Society, of the Hollywood Memorial Society, and of the Woman’s Club, Richmond. Miss Blair is well known for her earnest activities in many patriotic, philanthropic, and church circles.

Thomas Rutherfoord Blair 1804-1846

Youngest son of Rev. John Durburrow Blair. From a photograph in the possession of the family of Mrs. Margaret Blair Cannon.



  1. Thomas Rutherfoord Blair, eighth child and youngest son of Rev. John Durburrow and Mary Winston Blair, born October 3, 1804; married Margaret Edmundson (1816-1842), daughter of Henry and Polly King Edmundson and younger sister of Ellen Ewing Edmundson Blair; died December 10, 1846; buried in Shockoe Hill Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia.


  1. Margaret Edmundson Blair, **1
  2. Maria Blair, **2 born 1841; died 1924, unmarried.
  3. Margaret Edmundson Blair; married Henry Gibbon Cannon (well known and able lawyer of Richmond, Virginia), November 17, 1869.


  1. Elizabeth Lines Cannon,
  2. Thomas Blair Cannon, **3

**1 Daughter of the Confederacy. For many years an active and devoted member of the Second Presbyterian Church of Richmond, and president of the Woman’s Foreign Missionary Society. Her love for the cause was unwavering and her energies enlisted until her death. Mrs. Cannon felt nothing less than a personal affection for the missionaries, whom she entertained invariably and sumptuously at her house. As a memorial of their affection and appreciation, the ladies of her church presented her with a beautiful silver pitcher — “She loved the work of the church better than her own life.”

**2 See Longer note 26: Maria Blair.

**3 Richmond College.

  1. James Edmundson Cannon,
  2. Gibbon Henry Cannon, died in infancy,
  3. Arthur Middleton Cannon,
  4. Margaret Antoinette Cannon.
  5. Elizabeth Lines Cannon; married Samuel Milnor Price, **4 of Richmond and “Cool Water,” near Norfolk, Virginia, son of Samuel Mosby and Sarah Milnor Armstrong Price.


  1. Sarah Milnor Price; married Robert Lee Nutt, II, son of Robert Lee and Juliet Wylie McClure Nutt.


  1. Robert Lee Nutt, III,
  2. Juliet McClure Nutt.
  3. Margaret Blair Price; married William Garland Jones, son of William M. and Grace Pettit Jones.


  1. William Garland Jones, Jr.,
  2. Milnor Price Jones.
  3. Elizabeth Milnor Price; married David Graham Shelbourne, son of William Oscar and Anne Graham Shelbourne.
  4. Charlotte Dabney Price; married Herbert Nash Lee, son of Edwin Grey and Elizabeth Nash Lee.

**4 Prices of “Cool Well,” Hanover County, Virginia.

  1. James Edmundson Cannon, **5 married his cousin, Virginia Bernard Harvie, daughter of James Blair and Mary Lucy Michaux Harvie. (See Blair-Harvie Family of “Fighting Creek.”)
  2. Arthur Middleton Cannon, **6 married Juliet Winder Waddill, daughter of Judge Edmund and Alma C. Mitchell Waddill.


  1. Alma Waddill Cannon,
  2. Margaret Blair Cannon; married Edward Conway Moncure Moore.


  1. Edmund Moncure Moore.
  2. Henry Gibbon Cannon,
  3. Edmund Waddill Cannon.
  4. Margaret Antoinette Cannon, married Basil Dennis Spalding, M.D., of Maryland and Richmond, Virginia.


  1. Henry Cannon Spalding, M.D., **7 married Sue Metcalf Sharp, daughter of James and Mary Burton Sharp.
  2. Priscilla Moore Spalding; married Owen Morris.

**5 Able lawyer, and City Attorney of Richmond, Virginia. Graduate, University of Virginia, Academic and Law.

**6 Virginia Polytechnic Institute.

**7 University of Virginia; Johns Hopkins University; graduate, Medical College of Virginia.


  1. Margaret Glenn Morris.
  2. Mary Hargraves Spalding, **8
  3. Basil Dennis Spalding, Jr.

**8 Sweet Briar College.


  1. Elizabeth Durburrow Blair, **1 eldest child of Rev. John Durburrow and Mary Winston Blair, born September 23, 1786; married, April 28, 1808, Joseph Hearne Mayo **2 (b. November 19, 1784; d. November 17, 1828), son of William and Elizabeth Bland Poythress Mayo; died September 4, 1854.


  1. Mary Blair Mayo,
  2. Lucy Fitzhugh Mayo,
  3. William P. Mayo,
  4. Elizabeth Poythress Mayo, died unmarried.
  5. Mary Blair Mayo, born March 13, 1812; married, December 24, 1839, James J. Binford (b. February 15, 1801; d. October 11, 1857), son of Thomas Binford. Died January 15, 1877.

** Parson Buchanan called his little pet, Betsy Blair, “the Lass with the Golden Locks,” and, on account of her red tresses, wrote her a consolatory poem under that title. Her father and one or more of her brothers had reddish hair, and to late generations red hair has marked the Richmond Blairs. This coloring is probably a Scotch-Irish inheritance.

**2 Joseph Hearne and Elizabeth Durburrow Blair Mayo were buried in the family burying-ground at “Powhatan Seat.” In 1894, the remains of persons buried there were removed to Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, and interred in the section of Robert A. Mayo. Mr. Peter H. Mayo, son of Robert A. Mayo, personally superintended the removal of the sacred dust, and erected a handsome and explanatory memorial to mark the spot. The Mayo arms appear.


  1. Joseph Hearne Binford, died, two years of age,
  2. Thomas Mayo Binford,
  3. Julien Binford,
  4. Walter Blair Binford.
  5. Thomas Mayo Binford; married John-Geline Woolfolk, daughter of Joseph Washington and Lucinda M. Winter Woolfolk.


  1. Mayo Binford, died unmarried,
  2. Woolfolk Binford, died unmarried.
  3. Julien Binford, **3 married Ella McCormick Clowes.


  1. Julien Binford, Jr.,
  2. Mary Blair Binford,
  3. Walter Clowes Binford,
  4. Ella Binford,
  5. Edith Binford, died in infancy,
  6. Guy Randolph Binford,
  7. Lillian Binford.
  8. Julien Binford, Jr.; married Elizabeth R. Kennon.


  1. Elizabeth Kennon Binford, died in infancy,
  2. Betsy Kennon Binford; married Harvey L. Howell.

**3 Enlisted in the Confederate Army service before the age of 16. Served in the Otey battery. (He was a great favorite with his comrades.) Continued in the army until the close of the war.


  1. Betsy Binford Howell,
  2. Eleanor Binford Howell.
  3. Katherine Binford; married Albert C. Wood.


  1. Katherine Wood.
  2. Eleanor Binford,
  3. Julien Binford, III, married Margaret Revelle Wood,
  4. William Kennon Binford.
  5. Mary Blair Binford; married Frank Archer Hobson,


  1. Frank Archer Hobson, Jr. **4; married Margaret Macpherson Stoddard.


  1. Frank Archer Hobson, III.
  2. Mary Binford Hobson,
  3. Julien Binford Hobson, died in infancy.
  4. Walter Clowes Binford; married Mabel Toms.
  5. Guy Randolph Binford; married Irma Fulgham.
  6. Lillian Binford; married Frank Johnson McCarthy.

**4 University of Virginia.


  1. Frank Johnson McCarthy, Jr. **5
  2. Julien Binford McCarthy,
  3. William Henry McCarthy.
  4. Walter Blair Binford, married Caroline Haigh Anderson.


  1. James Anderson Binford, died in infancy,
  2. Walter Blair Binford, II,
  3. Maria Green Binford,
  4. Frank Mayo Binford.
  5. Walter Blair Binford, II, married Louise Smith,


  1. Walter Blair Binford, III, **6
  2. Caroline Smith Binford, married Richard Minter.
  3. Maria Green Binford, married De Los Thomas,


  1. De Los Thomas, Jr., died unmarried, **7
  2. Ria Binford Thomas, married Carter Glass, Jr.,

**5 Virginia Military Institute. Editor of “The Bomb,” 1932.

**6 Upon his graduation from high school, saw service with the “Spalding Grays” of Georgia, on the Mexican border; in the Rainbow Division, A. E. F.; served two years in France as Sergeant of Machine Gun Battalion; severely wounded at second battle of the Marne; graduated in civil engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology; railroad positions; in a civil service examination rated second in United States, and given an important position in the Interstate Commerce Commission, Washington, D. C.

**7 De Los Thomas, Jr., graduate, University of Virginia; in active service in U. S. Naval Aviation during the World War; afterwards lost at sea in a plane of his own between the Bahamas and Florida, February 23, 1923. An excellent record as pilot; one of the men who broke the world’s endurance record after the war.


  1. Carter Glass, III,
  2. Ria De Los Glass,
  3. Thomas Reakirt Glass,
  4. William Stephenson Thomas, died unmarried, **8
  5. Helen Gordon Thomas, married Charles Langhorne Lewis,


  1. Helen Gordon Lewis.
  2. Frank Mayo Binford, married, 1st, Mary Parker Good; 2nd, Elizabeth Coates. **9


By Mary Parker Good Binford:

  1. Frank Good Binford, **10 married Ernestine Black.
  2. Lucy Fitzhugh Mayo, born September 4, 1814; married her first cousin, John Durburrow Blair, II, son of John Geddes and Sarah Ann Eyre Heron Blair; died March 9, 1873. (For issue see B., John Geddes Blair Line, pages 12, 13, 14, 15, 16.)
  3. William P. Mayo, born December 29, 1816; married Alice Reeve; lived in Ashland, Virginia; died January 2, 1881.


  1. Eva Hazlet Mayo, died unmarried,
  2. Elizabeth Mayo; married Nelson Noland; died without issue.
  3. Alice Reeve Mayo; married Gilbert Whitall Carrington.


  1. Mayo Carrington, **11 married Lois Cutter.


  1. Nancy Alden Carrington,
  2. Mayo Carrington.
  3. Mary Hearne Mayo, married Robert Alexander Paine.


  1. William Mayo Paine, died in infancy,
  2. Robert Alexander Paine, Jr., married Betty – ; died without issue,
  3. Alice Mayo Paine, died unmarried,
  4. Elizabeth Paine, died in infancy.

**11 Of United Fruit Company, Benes, Oriente, Cuba.

Since the compilation of the 6 lines of descent from the Rev. John Durburrow Blair, three new descendants have been reported: —

David Rice Creecy, III, born October 28, 1931, son of David Rice Creecy, Jr., and Anne Irene Walker Creecy.

Robert Taylor Scott, born December 28, 1931, son of Adolphus Blair Scott and Grace Sloan Scott.

Margaret Blair Spalding, born April 6, 1932, daughter of Henry Cannon Spalding, M.D., and Sue Metcalf Sharp Spalding.



REV. SAMUEL BLAIR Emigrant to America

The Rev. Samuel Blair was born in Ireland, June 14, 1712. He came to America between the years 1713 and 1731. **1 He received his education at the school of the eminent Presbyterian minister, Rev. William Tennent, in Neshaminy, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, about twenty miles from Philadelphia. **2 Samuel Blair was licensed to preach at Abington, Pennsylvania, by the Presbytery of Philadelphia, November 9, 1733, and ordained by the Presbytery of East Jersey shortly afterwards. (Noble’s “History of the Presbyterian Church of Fagg’s Manor,” 1876). His first pastoral charge was at Middletown and Shrewsbury, afterwards in the Presbytery of New Brunswick, New Jersey, in 1734, when Samuel Blair was only twenty-two years old, and continued for five or six years.

On September 17, 1735, Samuel Blair’s name first appears as a member of the Synod of Philadelphia.

The removal of Rev. Samuel Blair to New Londonderry, otherwise Fagg’s Manor, Chester County, Pennsylvania,

*1 These dates in all probability might be confined to 1718-1730, or even less, since Samuel came to America “as a boy,” and pursued both classical and theological studies at the Log College. Rev. William Tennent did not settle at Neshaminy until 1726. (See Dr. Archibald Alexander’s letter to Colonel Walter Blair, printed in this volume, and also “The Log College,” by Dr. Alexander, page 171.)

*2 See Longer note 2: The Log College.

*3 The Presbytery of New Brunswick did not exist until 1738. Mr. Samuel Blair was one of its original members. (Journal of the Presbyterian Historical Society, Philadelphia, Vol. VIII, page 50.)

The most important period of his life began when he received a call as the first minister of the church at Fagg’s Manor that winter, was formally installed in April, 1740, and remained its pastor until his death in 1751.

At Fagg’s Manor, Mr. Blair opened a classical and theological school, from which went forth some of the ablest ministers of the Presbyterian Church. **4

In 1740, Mr. Blair made a journey to East Jersey.

In 1741, he seceded with the New Brunswick brethren from the Synod of Philadelphia. **5

Samuel Blair’s marriage to Frances Van Hook occurred in, or previous to, 1735. Their oldest son, Joseph Blair, was born in 1735-6. Frances Blair was the daughter of Hon. Lawrence Van Hook, Judge of the Court of Common Pleas, New York. **6

Mr. Blair made missionary journeys into Maryland and Virginia, and a preaching tour in New England during the summer of 1744. To the fact of the latter journey may be due his “Narrative of the Great Revival,” written by the request of the Rev. Mr. Prince, of Boston. **7 We find Rev. Samuel Blair on September 19, 1745, a member of the first

*4 At Fagg’s Manor, Samuel Blair lived on a farm which he bought, and there maintained his academy.

*5 For the Great Revival, in which the Tennents, Blairs, and others of the “New Side” had so great a share, and for the visits of the Rev. George Whitefield to Neshaminy and Fagg’s Manor; for the split in the Presbyterian church into “Old and New Sides” as the result in large part of the Revival, see “Biographical Sketches of the Founder and Principal Alumni of the Log College,” by Archibald Alexander, D. D., 1851; and also “History of the Presbyterian Church of Fagg’s Manor,” by Rev. W. B. Noble, 1876.

*6 Frances Van Hook Blair died in 1786. Her will is on record in the Office of the Register of Wills, West Chester, Pennsylvania. Foote in his “Sketches of Virginia, First Series,” includes a letter from Frances Blair to her children, which is tenderly religious.

*7 The Narrative is printed in full in “The Log College,” pages 173-192.

Synod of New York, which had taken the part of the dissenters of the “New Side” ejected from the Synod of Philadelphia. He was one of the charter trustees of the College of New Jersey (Princeton), 1746-8, which was established by the Synod of New York. **8

The Rev. Samuel Blair died in Philadelphia, July 5, 1751, aged thirty-nine years. He is buried in the graveyard at Fagg’s Manor Church. **9

“He was truly a burning and a shining light,” says Dr. Alexander, “one of the most learned and profound, as well as pious, excellent, and venerable men of his day. As a preacher Mr. Blair was very eminent. There was a solemnity in his very appearance, which struck his hearers with awe before he opened his mouth. He spoke as in the view of eternity, as in the immediate presence of God.”

Rev. Samuel Davies declared, on his return from Europe,

*8 “Abundant in labors, he exerted his activity not only at home but abroad. He preached wherever there was an opportunity to do good. Profoundly interested in the cause of education, he took an active part in the founding of the College of New Jersey, frequently riding on horseback from here (Fagg’s Manor) to Princeton, a distance of about one hundred miles, to attend the meetings of its trustees. Such incessant toil no physical frame could long endure. His final sickness laid him low.” (Noble’s History of Fagg’s Manor Church.)

*9 The inscription on his tombstone reads:

“Here lieth the body of The Rev. Samuel Blair,

Who departed this life,

The 5th day of July, 1751,

Aged 39 years and 21 days.”

“In yonder sacred house I spent my breath,

Now silent, mouldering, here I lie in death;

These lips shall wake again and yet declare

A dread amen to truths they published there.”

Rev. Samuel Davies declared, on his return from Europe,

*10 The Works of the Reverend Mr. Samuel Blair, Philadelphia, printed and sold by W. Bradford at the Sign of the Bible in Second Street: M D C C L I V

“The Preface to the Reader” begins

“Courteous Reader … ” and is signed

“Thy Soul’s sincere Wellwisher John Blair”

Middle-Spring March 26, 1754

(The volume is octavo and bound in leather.)

“A Sermon by Rev. Samuel Blair and printed by B. Franklin for the author, 1742, Philadelphia.

(Late minister at Shrewsbury, N. J.)”

This thin volume is one of the treasures of the Presbyterian Historical Society, Philadelphia.

Issue of Rev. Samuel Blair and Frances Van Hook Blair


Joseph Blair, **11 born 1735 or 1736; died aged 12; buried in the graveyard of Fagg’s Manor church.

William Blair, an attorney; no further information.

Rev. Samuel Blair, Jr., D. D., born at Fagg’s Manor, 1748; died 1810. (See Longer note 3 on page 70.)

Lawrence Blair; no further information.

Isaac Blair, **12 born 1750; died 1752.


Hannah Blair, born at Fagg’s Manor, March 15, 1745; married Rev. William Foster, pastor of Upper Octorora and Doe Run churches, Chester County, Pennsylvania. **13 She died May 14, 1810. She was distinguished for her equanimity of temper, even in view of approaching

*11 The touching inscription on his tombstone reads: —

“Here lyes what remains of Joseph Blair who departed this life May 22nd 1748 aged 12 years.

Singularly dutiful to his Parents and conscientious towards God 1st Thes. 4th Chap. 14 Them which sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him.”

*12 Inscription in Fagg’s Manor Church graveyard: —

“Here lieth the body of Isaac, the son of the Rev. Mr. Samuel Blair and Frances His Wife who departed this Life the 30th of July 1752, Age 1 year and 8 Months.”

*13 Rev. William Foster (1740—1780) was distinguished in the American Revolution for his patriotic spirit. He encouraged, in his sermons, young men to enlist. Parties of British soldiers were sent by Sir William Howe to arrest him, but he escaped capture.

death. Rev. William and Hannah Blair Foster had a large family of children. They have descendants in western Pennsylvania. Stephen Foster, song writer, author of “My Old Kentucky Home,” etc., was their grandson.

Of the following daughters of Rev. Samuel and Frances Blair, we have no dates.

Mary Blair, married the Rev. David Rice, **14 of Hanover County, Virginia. They had eleven children.

Elizabeth Blair, married her first cousin, the Rev. George Duffield, son of her father’s sister, Margaret Blair, who married George Duffield. **15 Issue reported extinct.

Sarah Blair, married the Rev. John Carmichael, a well-known divine, pastor of the old Manor Church at the Forks of the Brandywine in Chester County, Pennsylvania. She was one of three wives, two of whom are buried, as is their husband, in the graveyard of the Manor Church. Sarah’s tomb could not be found there (1930).

Martha Blair, married Dr. Samuel Edmiston, a physician of Fagg’s Manor. Their daughter, Mrs. Margaret D. Turner, lived to be over 90. **16

*14 The Rev. David Rice, known as “Father Rice,” missionary and (it is said) first Presbyterian minister of Kentucky.

*15 The Rev. George Duffield, of Philadelphia, an ardent patriot of the Revolution, Chaplain, with Bishop White, of the Continental Congress, served also with the American Army in New Jersey, a reward of 50 £ on his head. As pastor of the Third Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia

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