Married life for Isabella with the Duc was not a happy one. He was cruel to her and her children, taking their allowance which they received regularly, and making life very difficult for them. They had a very comfortable lifestyle but not the fortune the Duc had expected when they had married. Adam Mortimer who turned 16 after they returned to Paris, decided to return to Paignton to stay with his friend whose father was Yarde Eastley, the Singer solicitor in Paignton. When he heard how things were with Isaac's children he contacted Isabella and advised her to make sure when the boys became 16 they must return to England. Then they would be made wards of court and their inheritance from their father would be safe.

Mortimer became a Ward of Court. Three years later his brother Washington returned to England, became a Ward of Court and joined Mortimer at college. Paris when he became 16 was in no hurry to leave for England, he loved the city of his birth and the life there. He was also very fond of his mother!

On returning home one day and hearing voices raised in anger, he entered the drawing room just as his step-father hit Isabella and sent her reeling. Paris immediately went to his mothers assistance, striking his step-father with his fist and knocking him to the floor. The servants hearing the commotion, entered the room and helped the angry Duc back to his feet. He immediately summoned Paris to a duel with pistols, the day, time and seconds to be arranged. His mother was terrified her son would be shot, and insisted he left for England at once.

Paris arrived in England in 1883 and was made Ward of Court. He enrolled at Cambridge where he studied architecture. When Isabella's youngest son, Franklin Morse was 16 there was no need for him to become a Ward of Court as his step-father had died. The Duchess de Camposeelice became a widow for the second time.

Isabella was still striking lady, when she met the sculptor Bartholdi, he asked her to sit and be his model and she was the model for the Statue of Liberty. The statue was given to the American people in 1886 as a gift from the French people. A smaller statue of the Lady of Liberty was erected on an island at the side of the Pont de Grenelle, over the River Seine in Paris. The Duchess de Camposelice was 52 when she met and fell in love for the first time.

He was a much younger man, a violinist called Paul Sohege. They married in 1893 surprising her sons and daughters who were also married by then.

© copyright Dorothy Atkinson

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