I found an English valet-de-place, or commissionaire, on the pier, who assisted me through the ceremonials of the custom house, where they did me the favour of taking two francs for the trouble of inspecting my luggage. The commissionaire then conducted me to the Grand Cerf Hotel, and after I had taken refreshment, went with me to enquire about the coach to Paris for the following morning. We then extended our walk through the town and visited the ramparts and banks of the canal to St. Omer.
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