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"IN the Musée de Cluny in Paris are to be seen two blocks of granite. They are 'foundation-stones' of the famous Hotel de Rambouillet. One bears an inscription to the effect that the mansion of which they were once a part was built by the 'high and powerful lord 'Maitre Charles d'Angennes, Marquis de Rambouillet and Pisany."--Hôtel de Rambouillet and the Précieuses (1900) by Leon H. Vincent

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The cornerstone (or foundation stone) concept is derived from the first stone set in the construction of a masonry foundation, important since all other stones will be set in reference to this stone, thus determining the position of the entire structure.

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