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and not always an Emperor in his ward out interest. : The writer pays a visit to the robe.
youthful hero afraid ? said the Emperor to “When I arrived, the young king was him (Tascher): “No, sire,' replied the standing behind a chair; a look from young man.
Do you think you will be Madame de Montesquiou informed me that killed ?" "No, sire.' . And if you thought it was a punishment: I took the hint, and so, what would you do?' 'I should
still did not go to him till after I had chatted go, though not with such confidence. some time with her. When I approached Go then; nothing will happen to you.?" him, he concealed behind the chair his
face, red and bathed in tears, which his At the battle of Eylau, the 4th of the fine curly locks covered at every slight line was almost entirely destroyed. When motion of his head. "Sire, will you not the Emperor reviewed them the next day, say how do you do to Mademoiselle Cochehe seemed much affected. He appeared let, who is come to see you!' said Madame to be looking for young Tascher, whom de Montesquiou. 'Your majesty does not he could not see, and asked after him with remember me, then ? said I, trying to take much solicitude; they told him he was his hand. He drew it quickly back, and slightly wounded. He sent for him, and said in a voice smothered with sobs, - She appointed him under-captain of artillery, will not let me see papa's soldiers!and His state of suffering and deprivation did his tears fell fast again. Madame de not astonish him. He said to the young Montesquiou then told me, that the prince's man,-'For a Creole it is rather hard, is it greatest pleasure was to see the guard renot Tascher ? But you have done your lieved at the Place du Carrousel ; but that duty; I am content; and your evil day is having been naughty a few moments benow passed. What is it you are in want fore, she had said he should not see them; of now? Have you shirts ?" "No, sir; I that the moment he heard the drums, his have only the one which I have worn these despair and passion had been so great, last ten days.' 'I cannot give you any,' that she had been obliged to have recourse said the Emperor, for I have none; but to the extreme punishment of putting him you are going to Warsaw, where you behind a chair in a corner."-p.212. shall have money to buy some.""--p. 201. If Eylau could produce this catastrophe,
The departure of the empress from Paris
was vo less displeasing to the Queen Hor: we can understand the diminution of
respect and subordination attendant on more fatal Itense, vho seems to have displayed confields, and especially from the harsh and siderable feeling and spirit on i be occasion brutal temper of Augereau.
of the dangers that menaced that capital. After the defeat of the Au trians on the
'I am disgusted with the weakness of Mincio, in 1814, Tascher was sent with ver. which I have just been witness," said she bal orders to Lyons, to Marshal Augereau, to us. “ Would you believe it? They are whom, after some difficulty, he found in going! Is it thus that one loses for pleabed. He communicated to him the Em. sure's sake, both France and the Empe. peror's directions to march headlong upon ror! Ah, in great events, women only Màgon, and crush the corps of the Prince have courage! I feel that I am the one
who will suffer the least from the loss of of Homburg at once.
all this grandeur; but I am indignant when "Have you the orders written down?' I see so little energy, where so much is demanded the marshal. "No,' replied wanted. When fortune has raised us up, Count Tascher; 'but as aide-de-camp to and the destiny of a country depends on Prince Eugene, I am empowered to deliver ours, it is our duty to keep ourselves in the verbal ones, and I repeat to you the Empe-exalted station in which we have been ror's own expression,—that you are to placed.”—p. 219. march upon Maçon, and cut to pieces the "Count Regnault de St. Jean d'Angely, ill-disciplined troops which are station in a colonel of the National Guard, asked to that direction. I am not a corporal, to speak with the queen, and expressed to be made to march in this way, cried her the discouragement inspired by the Marshal Augereau in a passion, and i departure of the empress and king of know what to do.'”—p. 204.
Rome. The queen said to him, I cannot,
unfortunately, replace them; but I doubt We find a few anecdotes of the young not the Emperor will arrange so as to be Napoleon scattered here and there; and to here again shortly ; Paris must hold out, those who feel interest in his apparent des and if the National Guard will defend the tiny and early fate, and recal the spirited will remain in it"-p. 227.
capital, tell them that I and my children resistance of that daring child to quitting " In fact, at that time, every one spoke Paris with his mother, the following in with praise and admiration of the firm ness stance of his military taste may not be with which the queen had just evinced."-p. 230.
the one pang
But even in this crisis of emergency petty | posed to their sentiments in general, that feelings and jealousies held their sway over sovereigns and princes are riot different meaner spirits.
from other men in iheir feelings. Abstract
edly this may be true, like the proposition they announced the Countess of our glorious poet, that, Bertrand; I was not aware that she was accompanied by the Princess d'Eckmuhl, "—the harmless beetle that we tread upon who remained in the carriage; when there In corporeal sufferance feels à pang as great fore the queen allowed me to admit the As when a giant dies." countess Bertrand, she did not imagine that another lady was with her ; but afterwards Boih, however, are erroneous in fact : I learnt that the princesss was angry with the finer organization of the nobler being, the queen for not admitting her, whilst she and the infinity of nerves and consequently received the Countess Bertrand.”—p. 225. of nervous susceptibility, must render a vio,
The danger however was too great to be lent death of the latter far more painful repelled by the scanty means then left to
throughout all its stages of approach than Paris; notwithstanding the successful re.
of an infinitely inferior insect, sistance of the three glorious days of July, with but a single pair of nerves.
the lowest class of which are furnished
Since as 1830, against an armed force, which has been sometimes absurdly quoted as illus- we descend the scale we find that portions,
such as limbs, and even bodies and heads, trating the practicability of defence in 1814, the formidable array of the allied forces
and eyes, are reproduced without apparent rendered that or any other opposition more
pain or suffering from loss of the previous brilliant than effectual.
part, and even that some, as the Dragon-fly,
without a reproduction of the lost half of its “Night approached; Count Regnault body, will as freely perform the functions of desired to be introduced ; I was present. life and enjoyineni as before, we feel certain *Your majesty,' said he, 'I am come to that the poet's assertion is, philosophically give you your promise back. Although speaking, erroneous. And by the same ine National Guard are disposed to do analogy we may observe, in the case of the their best, it is impossible to defend Paris. have just assured myself of that fact. more elevated members of the human race, You must not expose yourself and your
that feelings unknown to inferior stations, children to be taken prisoners; and, I re. such as that of love and protection towards peat to you, Paris cannot hold out; all the subjects, is a component part of their nature. generals assert the same.”—p. 231. Why is it, otherwise, that the public vices
of royalty are held by mankind in greater Hortense retired to the Petit Trianoni, abhorrence than those of individuals, when where she listened deeply affected to the the temptation, which in all other cases we cannonade. The following instance of af- willingly allow for, is so much greater for fection for her fellow citizens is somewhat them than for the rest of mankind ? To touching, but might be termed decidedly refer it to example merely is only proving, French. The mind however grows, by not denying, this proposition; for it is little constant alarm, blunted to the general feel. more than saying in other words that they ings of nature; and sometimes in the very ought to have a greater recollection for mandepths of real and unquestionable affliction, kind than other men. catches by reaction at any source of conso At Rambouillet, from the Kings Joseph lation even in the shape of resignation to and Jerome, the Queen learned of the capitthe worst it had previously dreaded; as in ulation of Paris. Here is a slight sketch of the case of David mourning for the son of some of the ex-ministers. Bathsheba.
"As to ourselves we remained in the 'The fighting has ceased,' first saloon, where all the ministers were ; said she, “no matter what has happened; every one of them had a peculiar countewe may breathe more freely now, because
I remember particularly General we need not fear that they are killing our Clarke, minister of war, who had an air of dear Parisians,'
great pre-occupation and depression. In“I could not but observe how little self- stead of giving orders for the regiments ishness there was in all that she felt; for which were retreating, he seemed to be whilst quitting Paris she had said to the falling asleep in his chair. Count Daru empress, her sister: 'If you abandon the was walking up and down, meditating ; capital, you lose your crown.'"-p. 237. the Duke of Gaëte, who always wore pow
der, this time seemed to have laid on ever It is a favourite and vulgar cry of the more than usual in order to look spruce; levellers of social distinctions, and admitted Count Decres, who was very fat, seemed often as a truth by those even who are op-l light and cheerful enough to sing us a
Vaudeville; this was most certainly, to allied troops, and of the Swedes in particular. show his courage; but we felt no inclina- The fair reader gives the fact without com. tion to laugh.” "
ment, or the slightest praise of the moderaso demoralized, thinking of nothing but tion displayed by the military occupants. flight, caring for no one but themselves,
“On my arrival, I found the Queen's and taking no measures to render this palace invaded by the Swedes; they had catastrophe less cruel; I felt more security not, however, presumed to take possession in being with the queen, than with those
of her apartment.
She had left in her who seemed to have entirely abandoned book-case all her papers and correspondtheir duty.”-p. 240.
She had not locked them up, for The lady's remarks are reasonable enough; her family letters were kept in large band
she was never in the habit of doing so; all the meanness and abject fear displayed on
boxes. The foreigners might easily have these occasions are also illustrated by the possessed themselves of all lier papers subsequent observation of Count Nesselrode, but precisely because they were not locked whom Mademoiselle de Cochelet met in re-up, they did not think of it; the floor, on turning to Paris just afterwards.
which her apartment was, was inhabited ;
nevertheless nothing was touched but the “...... These were M. de Nesselrode's books, and but few of them were afterwards own words. 'Ah! how many mean and missed.”—p. 269. vulgar men have presented themselves to me,' said he to me. It is a necessary
The following is curious, and striking, if evil : but it is painful to have so sad a true. knowledge of human nature.' And he was then talking of Frenchmen! 'As to
6. Madame, the Empress Maria Louisa, nothing is yet
“I have just now seen M. decided about her,' added 'he; they are de Nesselrode again; he inquired much waiting for her father, and she will then be after you ; the Emperor of Russia occupies at liberty to go with her husband.”—p. 273. the Elysée-Napoleon. The Count has told
me of a report which is being circulated It may not be generally known that in the of a violent scene between the Empress course of the revolutionary war, and during Maria Louisa, and the two kings her brothe latter part of the time when Spain was thers-in-law. They wanted to take her by siding with France against us, so high was her; but she resisted, and they even say
force into the carriage, in order to remove the national credit of England in the former that the King of Westphalia struck her
. country, that, having no means of safely She called for assistance: and it was gę transmitting, as previously, the galleons with neral Caffarelli, commander of the guard, cargoes of dollars from the American colo- who saved her."-p. 283. nies to the mother-country, since the British flag swept the seas, the Spanish merchants Another letter gives the following :were accustomed to entrust their specie to the hostile British cruisers to be brought to “They assure me that the Emperor said, England; and they drew their bills from when talking with the Empress Josephine: Cadiz,, &c. upon London for the amount.
She was right; I have suffered for having The advantage to both countries, and go.
quitted her. vernments even, was great. A somewhat The talents and amiability, not less than similar confidence, on a small scale, seems the personal charms of Hortense, appears to to have been reposed in Mademoiselle de have made her many friends ; amongst them, Cochelet, for it is a curious circumstance Alexander himself. that in the invasion of Russia by Napoleon, Mademoiselle de Cochelet, who had several "One evening, whilst alone, I was much intimate friends amongst the Russian ladies, surprised at receiving a visit from the Em. was requested to take charge of their jewels that I did not know what to say. 'I am
Alexander. I was so embarrassed, Jest they should fall into the hands of the French invaders ; and they were sent to her what will be most expedient for the Queen:
come,' said he, to talk with you upon to Paris for this end. She now, when the I cannot get anything from her. To betables were turned, returned to Paris in or. lieve her, one would think that she was a der to save these from foreign seizure, and heroine of romance. I am sure she ima: place them in the hands of the Count de gines that she can live upon air, without Nesselrode to be restored to their owners. money. I laughed. Why, in fact, said They had been deposited in the palace of I, she has never felt the value of money
, Queen Hortense ; the following passage is ignorant of how much is necessary in ora striking testimonial from the mouth of an der to live suitably. Well," said the Emenemy of the discipline and order of the peror, 'I came on purpose to advise with
you on the subject; I never saw so inter- he had often been the dupe of the coquetry, esting a woman: she deserves to be happy. intrigues, or ambition of the ladies of his She shall be as my sister, that I may feel court."-vol. i. p. 336. no scruple in obliging her. Your queen is so self-willed ! But I understand her. A trifle might have changed the march of She thinks it more consonant with her fate. dignity to receive nothing: she will not see a friend in me; and I am a sincere
“I accompanied their majesties to the I feel for her as a brother.'”-p. 317. machine of Marly; the queen led her eld
est son by the hand. The Emperor AlexThis interest seems to have caused more ander had taken the youngest under his than one source of disquietude to a cele. protection, Prince Eugene holding his other brated diplomatist.
hand. The precautions which they took
for the children, prevented them from tak. "..... I know that they are already jea. peror's clothes passed so near to one of
ing much care of themselves, and the em. lous of your zeal for her; I must tell you the wheels, that he was in danger of being that M. de Nesselrode has even talked of dragged along with it, if the queen, who it with vexation. Our Emperor,' says perceived it, had not quickly pushed him he, goes much too often to Malmaison; all'the ministers as well as the higher ranks away; at the same time uttering a cry are displeased at it; they fear that there he had time to disengage the flap of his
which made us start. By this movement, will be an influence exercised over him detrimental to the course of policy he has coat, without which he must have been
dashed to pieces.”-vol. i. p. 347. to follow.'"-p. 318.
The two sons of Hortense, Napoleon and The fair dames of the Quartier St. Ger. Louis, appear to have been most carefully main appear to have felt strong sympathy brought up under her own eye, and her afwith their invaders. On the first Russiun fection for them was sometimes displayed by prisoners being marched into Paris, they a feeling carried almost to extravagance. had even incurred some risk of personal They appear to some advantage in Madedanger from the mob, by handing their moiselle Cochelet's Memoirs : for instance : purses to the captives as they passed. Their interest included even Alexander, who does only the kings of their own family, when
“ As they were in the habit of seeing not seem to have always valued it corre- the King of Prussia and the Emperor of spondingly.
Russia were announced, they immediately
asked their governess if they were also ' But,'
,' answered the emperor, did they their uncles, and if they were to address, expect me to sound their feelings ? , I seek them as such? 'No, they were told; wit and conversation; but I avoid every you must only say sire.' But,' said the thing which would assume the empire of youngest, are not all the kings our unaffection over me. I see self-love in the cles? They were informed that all the case then, and retire.' Having said this, kings then present, so far from being their he changed the conversation.
uncles, were come as conquerors. But "I have just dined with the king,' said then,' replied the young Prince Napoleon, he; 'every one eats there with a good ap- if they are the enemies of my uncle the petite, and they remain long at table. Do emperor, why do they embrace me ?!”you know what happened to the Duchess vol. i. p. 353. d'Angoulême? They told me, that she
“The young Prince Louis, who usually had asked the Prince of Bavaria, pointing spoke very little, had listened in silence to to the Grand Duke of Baden, 'Is not that the whole of this conversation. The first the prince who married one of the prin- time that he caught sight of the Emperor cesses of Buonaparte ? What folly to ally Alexander again, he took a little ring which oneself with him!' The Prince of Bavaria his uncle Eugené had given him, and addid not answer; but it was unpleasant vancing on tip-toe, that no one might ob. enough to know that he himself was allied serve him, slipped it into the emperor's in the same manner as the grand duke; hand, and then ran away as fast as he and no less so was the Emperor of Austria, could. His mother called him back, and who was not far off, and who might have asked him what he had been doing. 'I heard the apostrophe.'”-vol i. p. 320. had only that ring,' replied he, blushing,
“ The Emperor Alexander was not a and hanging his head in confusion, 'my man of ordinary cast, and his feelings in uncle Eugene made me a present of it, and particular were unlike other men's. He I gave it to the emperor, beecause he is so was, what many call in derision, senti; good to Mamma.' 'The Emperor Alexanmental; he felt happy in real affection, and der embraced him, and putting the ring his greatest ambition would have been to on his watch-chain, said with emotion, be passionately loved for himself alone; it that he would always wear it."-vol. p. 355. can be easily imagined how painful such a
The sketch of Madame de Staël has the disposition must have been to him in the elevated situation in which he was placed ; double charm of possessing intrinsic talent
and being drawn by a distinguished states. was very animated, and it was droll to see man, and one of the best.qualified to judge her twisting the twig, about while gesticu
lating. One might have thought that a of others.
fairy had given her this talisman, and that PORTRAIT OF MADAME DE STAEL, BY M. Pozzo, on that little branch depended all her di Borgo.
genius.”-vol. i.p. 436. “I expected that Madame de Staël would
No one who ever met the distinguished excite great curiosity in London. She belongs neither to the sex one loves, nor
woman here described in society, but must to that one esteems. She talks and writes have noticed her inexhaustible powers of con. like a man, but has acted all her life iike versation, displayed not less in the range of
As she carries every thing to thought than in the ceaseless exertion of her extremes, those who are pleased with her, lungs. It was our fortune once to be premust feel enchanted; those who are not seni at a conversation held by her with an will equally dislike her. The good quali. eminent bookseller of our metropolis, reties, faults, weaknesses, wit and talents of
per. Madame de Staël, divided into proportion- markable for his sound judgment, aud ate doses, would have formed a population spicuous and courteous taciturnity. The of amiable women ; but all of them con- lady's flow of language and illustration, and centrated in one individual, have formed she had a point to gain, reminded us strong. almost a monster. If one considers all ly of Gray's simileher qualities in a mass, she confounds the
" Good Gods ! 'tis like a rolling river, strongest imagination, and awes the most experienced; but to one who comes on
That murmuring flows, and flows for ever." her at a moment when she only shows her The single monosyllables, affirmatively shining points, she is really astonishing; introduced by our much-enduring interlocuDo not accuse me of betraying her when I speak of her to you with so much imparti- tor, seemed only to have the effect of peb
bles in the current. ality. One judges rather than loves her,
In truth anjongst the although she has desired the contrary all phlegmatic English she had the undoubted her life.”-vol. i. pp. 416, 417.
reputation of "talking to death.” Her curiThe celebrated Madame Récamier is de. my place,” soid a late English secretary to
osity was not less remarkable. “ Pray take scribed by Mademoiselle Cochelet as still his friend, in evident alarm as she approach, young, very lovely, with an air of simplicity ; led him, I have forgotten my Catechism. like a girl just come out, but disciplined by “You will learn it all now, and I shall not a very severe duenna, so much-did her gen- soon forget my lesson,” replied the other, tle, timid manner contrast with the too mas. culine confidence of her more brilliant com.
quitting the spot with equal dismay. panion.
Our fair biographer gives a naif remark on
the same subject; and her commencing “ Madame de Staël however was consi- supposition is good-natured at least, if not dered very amiable, especially to her correct, viz. that it was to ascertain the friends, and I am only speaking here of child's capacitythe effect which she produced at first sight on those spectators to whom she was a “Did you love your uncle? •Very stranger. The dark mulatto complexion much, madam. Would you like to make of Madame de Staël, her very original toi- war against him ? 'Yes, if that did not lette, her entirely bare shoulders, either of cause so much mischief.' '' Is it true, that which would have been pretty, but it did he often made you repeat the fable beginnot agree with the other; in fact the lout ning with the words, The reason of the ensemble nearly realised the idea I had strongest is always the best ?'' 'He often formed of the authoress of Delphine and made me repeat fables, but not that one Corinne. I almost expected to find one of more than any other.'» these heroines in her who had so well “The young Prince Napoleon, whose drawn their characters, and could scarcely understanding was astonishing, and jude; recover from my surprise. After the first ment precocious, answered all she said moment, however, I gave her credit for a deliberately; and when the interrogatory pair of fine and expressive eyes; still it was over, he turned to Madame de Bouseemed impossible to fall in love with such bers and myself and said, “ This lady is a face, and yet I was told that she had very inquisitive; is that what you call often inspired the tender passion."-vol. i. genius?"-vol. 1. p. 440.
“ The prince was placed at the right of We have the following portrait of an inte. the queen, and Madame de Staël at her resting personage. left. The servant of the latter had placed on her napkin a little twig, which she was "I was struck by the melancholy exin the habit of turning about in her fingers pression of the Empress of Russia's counwhile she was talking. The conversation tenance. Her form was tall and majestic,