Adam Mickiewicz, the coat of arms Poraj, born 24 December 1798, in close Zaosiu Nowogrodek or, as some sources say in Nowogrodek. At baptism (12 Feb 1799) received the names Adam Bernard. He came from a family of minor nobility. His father, Nicholas, was Nowogrodek lawyer, mother, Barbara nee Majewska, daughter of the treasurer Czombrowa. In 1807, he enrolled in the district run by the Dominican school in Nowogrodek. From this period come the first attempts of poetry. May 16, 1812, the poet's father dies, his death will cause a deterioration in material conditions of the family. In the summer of that year in Lithuania enter Napoleon's army, marching on Moscow. Navahradak guests of King Jerome of Westphalia. Residents solemnly celebrate the birthday of the Emperor. A few months later, Mickiewicz observed the remnants of the Grand Army retreat. In the Dominican school, where I taught arranged hospital.