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her beautiful skin seemed to have suffered found it very good. It was a sort of aprifrom intense cold; seen from a little dis- cot ice, and if it had appeared at the destance she appeared to have been weeping, sert instead of beginning the dinner there which increased the interest she inspired. would have been nothing to say about it." The Queen of Sweden, although not so vol. ii. p. 67. distinguished, was yet very beautiful; her complexion was more fresh than her sis The revelations of Madame Krudner are ter's, but her eyes had not the same mild somewhat curious, as justified by events; it
The Queen of Bavaria, tall and im- will be recollected that she was said to have posing, and perhaps less beautiful than her sisters, had a more brilliant expres- possessed great influence over the Emperor sion, and something indefinable in her Alexarder. She insisted upon seeing the looks which was extremely winning." Queen, who appears to have appreciated her vol. ii. p. 49.
predictions at a lower rate than the result “ The Empress was more remarkable for bore out. the expression of her face and the soft languor of her whole demeanour than even
“'I come to disclose to her what God for her beauty, which was so much cele wills that she should know. You know brated. The tone of her voice, her every how much I love her! Since 1809, I have accent placed me under a spell, and I am not seen her but I have often prayed for sorry that her carriage came so soon." her. She must yield to her destiny. God vol. ii. p. 69.
loves her. The poor Queen of Prussia, The transition is easy from a Russian em. tense, are my two celestial types of women
that angelic princess, and Queen Horpress !o a Russian soup; a novelty to an and martyrs. God has commissioned me English menage.
to assist them; I wrote to you all that I
have done for the first. Now I know all " I looked for some good French soup the evils which await the second. Since to invigorate me; but instead of that they I last saw her she has lost her crown, her brought me a sort of broth, more like cher- brilliant position in society, a friend, a vil-water that had steeped fish. This was tender mother! I know all that; but God actually my impression after tasting this loves her, and will prove her; let her be Russian soup, the outlandish name of resigned, for she is not yet at the termina. which I have forgotten. I saw indeed the tion of her misfortunes?' queen just put her lips to it and send it
6. What do you know of all that, my away again immediately; but as she al- dear Madame de Krudner? come sit down, ways ate so little this did not surprise me, and let us talk together as formerly ; do and I waited with impatience for my turn not alarm me thus on the fate of a person to be served; fully resolved not to send equally beloved by yourself and me. away a drop. However the first spoonful
"Yes, she will be happy, her soul is so was enough for me. The coldness of this
pure and sublime !
But let her expect nobroth chilled and forced me to make a wry thing from men; God will be her protectface, as if I had scalded my mouth. The
Above all, she must not return to King of Bavaria who was the first to ob- France ; let her go to Russia, the Emperor serve my reluctance to take another spoon- Alexander will prove a refuge for the unful, began to laugh ..-vol. ii. p. 51. fortunate.'
666 You alarm me. What more misfor. The empress, who had some suspicions as tunes can happen to her after all she has to its acceptability beyond the limits of Rus. actually suffered ? sia, asked the opinion of Madame Hortense "Ah! you do not know what a fatal upon the soup.
year 1815 will be. You think that the Con
gress will be ended; undeceive yourself. “ The Queen answered very frankly The Emperor Napoleon will come from that the custom she had of beginning her his island again. He will be greater than dinner with hot soup, might have spoiled ever, but those who adhere to this party her taste for this broth, which was quite will be hunted down, persecuted, punishcold.
ed! They will not know where to lay "Ah! it is not the coldness,' said the their heads !! King of Bavaria, 'for I will give you ano “She had remained standing whilst she ther day some cold soup which you will spoke thus with much energy. Her small find delicious; but as to this stuff, the de- spare form, her excessive leanness, her vil must be in you if you can bear it.'”-vol. fair hair hanging in disorder, her sparkii. p. 52.
ling eyes, all about her had really some
thing supernatural, and chilled me with a The important matter was brought to a terror, for which I myself could give no termination at the King of Bavaria's apari- reason.”-vol. ii. p. 71. ments.
6. That is just like you,' said the Queen,
a heated fancy has caused these impres'This famous soup was to be cold; every sions. I shall be very glad to receive a one was prepared for that, and therefore visit from Madame de Krudner, whom I
much esteem, for she is an excellent wo 'Can you conceive,' he would often man; but as to believing her to be a pro- say to me, that I was brought up a Bourphetess, that is quite another thing.' bonist, and detested the Emperor. When
“The next day I introduced Madame I went to Coppet and performed tragedy de Krudner to the Queen, and left them to- with Madame de Staël, it did not diminish gether. At her departure, she said: 'What my antipathy for him who kept her in an angel your Queen is! God will re-exile. I was very young then. They ward her; but let her take my advice, and forced me to enter the army. I rose to be not return to France, but go to Russia.' aide-de-camp to Marshal Lannes, and af
“I returned to the Queen, and found terwards to Prince Eugene. I was witness that she had been weeping.' 'Ah, your of the divorce, at which I was indignant; majesty,' said I, kissing her hand, 'has she to abandon so excellent a woman in order grieved you."
to marry an arch-duchess of Austria! "How could it be otherwise? She · ·'. I think that I could have kill. opens all the wounds in my heart by talk-ed the Emperor with my own hand, so ing to me of what I have lost.
much was I incensed against him! But vol. ii. p. 97.
afterwards, I saw our misfortunes; I learnt I do not think Madame to understand the projects of the enemies de Krudner mad for saying to me, 'Do of France; I studied our history and at not return to France;' for she was perhaps the same time studied this hero, and I felt right. From the turn that affairs are tak- that in this man was our glory, our destiny; ing, I perceive that I should find it difficult those who abandon his cause abandon to live there in peace. But when she says without knowing it the common cause of that I must go to Russia, that the Con- France. So, wounded as I was, and havgress will break up, that Napoleon will ing scarcely approached him while with come from the Island of Elba, and that the army, I placed myself by his side at those who return with him will be lost, Fontainebleau. If every one had thought how can she know that? I told her quiet- as I thought, he would not have abdicaly that I could not go into Russia; that it ted ; and he alone can save our country. was the Emperor Alexander, whom she The queen is always talking to us of peace called the universal protector, who had and tranquillity ; but can a people subjected fixed my lot in France; and I added that and humbled remain tranquil? I for one if the Emperor Napoleon returned to will never consent to it. I was wounded France, as she predicted, I could not for. whilst charging at the head of my regi. get I was his daughter; and that, even if ment, and did not return to it afterwards. those evils were to befal me which she It submitted without my consent. They foretold for his adherents, my place was allowed me to keep it, thanks to my alliance at his side, and I could not forsake it.'". with all the Damas and Chatellux. I have vol. ii. p. 90.
not taken-any oath, and I hold myself free
to belong to whichever party suits me Amongst the books read by Mademoi- best. I am a republican in principle; but selle de Cochelet to the Queen were Miss all the old French republicans are dead, Porter's Wallace, and Réné, by Chaieau- or become the weakest portion of the em: briand, and the first impression it had crea. pire; Carnot is the only one of them that ted on the mind of Hortense is just and sound I like; as for Fouché, he appears to me a
mere intriguer. I see none, therefore, but enough.
our generation that can worthily revenge She had read it when to seize the moment as soon as it presents
our present abasement, and I shall not fail very young, and told me that this work, itself."-ii. 166. which I praised so much, had displeased
You think then that they her exceedingly, I. exclaimed against have restored you the Bourbons for the this: 'I was shocked,' said she, 'to see the good of France! Do not deceive yourpurest, truest, most consolatory sentiment selves, our enemies are not such foolsof life placed under an aspect which did They have given you an apple of discord not belong to it. The affection of a that will last you for centuries; and whilst sister for her brother is a love without they talk to you about liberty, you will repain, a joy without alloy! we love all who sume your chains. They will re-establish sove a brother. Ah! there is no trenching tithes; the peasants will no longer be al, upon what is most pure and disinterested lowed to learn to read, for fear they should in the heart of man."
have again the audacity to become the
marshals of France; it appears very disa. There are abundant notices of Colonel greeable at court to bear with those that Labédoyére scattered throughout the vol. are already there, and who are stupid
His own words sum up the causes of enough to serve as laughing stocks for his conduct better than all the glosses which greater fools than themselves.'"-vol. ii. have been given to it, and account sufficient. p. 169. ly for the general interest excited in France The following notices possess the inter. by his fate.
est which attaches to every thing respecting
our national hero.—Butit is not from a lady, the princess of Wurtemberg might bring and in Mademoiselle de Cochelet's position, upon him, he had returned to ask the same that an opinion can be formed upon a Monsieur *** what he should do with pergreat political event like that to which sons so nearly related to the allied sovethe last sentence of the following quotation eral measure ? he asked. Then Monsieur
reigns? 'Are they comprised in the gen. refers
answered angrily-What, you are "Lord Wellington had charged Mon- not gone yet! go quick, and do whatever sieur de Recamier to request the queen to you please with them. Maubreuil had receive him. He was admitted, even with passports from all the powers; but those pleasure; for at this time the queen was of the object of his mission."-vol. ii. pp.
who gave them were doubtless ignorant tormented with anxiety as to the Emperor's fate. From the recent measures
311, 312. adopted with regard to the property of the Upon the news of the return from Elba, Bonaparte family, it seemed but little pro- the state of the capital and the uncertainty bable that the treaty made with Napoleon and doubt that attended the first announce on the 11th of April would be held sacred. In fact, this was not intended : and even
ments are given with considerable effect the private property, which should never
and at great detail. Madame Hortense ap. have been touched, was seized and appro- pears to have been totally confounded by priated. 'I will speak of it to Lord Wel- the attempt, to have utterly discredited it at lington,' said the queen to me; 'the Eng- first, and when placed beyond a question, lish government has some honour, they to have augured ihe worst possible results say ; its ministers signed the treaty of the from it, as certain of failure.' Watched, sus11th of April, and Lord Wellington can require the French government to fulfil pected, and cut off from all other means of the engagements it entered into with the intelligence, she betakes herself to the win. Emperor.'
dow: and the following extract has some. “When the Duke of Wellington visited thing ingenious in iis development of feminthe queen, she spoke to him to the same ine quickness of apprehension. effect. He answered with his English calmness, his penetrating watchful eyes
" What are you doing there, Madfixed upon her, ' This is an injustice which ame?' said I ; 'take care that you are not England will not permit; I will remind the seen.'. French government that the treaty of Fon
"I am doing like the diable boileux,' tainebleau is sacred and must be fulfilled replied she. 'I can observe all that passes to the letter.' The queen repeated these in all the apartments opposite to me, and words to me the next day with much plea- I endeavour to guess events by examining sure. Little did she think that the man
what passes under my eye. Just now, a who spoke thus in 1814 could himself sign regiment of cuirassiers passed the Boulea treaty in 1815, and abandon it afterwards vard. If you had seen their disdainful air so unfairly.”-ii. 245.
when every one was crying around them,
' Long live the king! They did not open The following is equally singular and their lips, but maintained a mournful sinovel.
lence; now if these men were sent against
the Emperor, I have no great difficulty in “You remember that Maubreuil who guessing what they would do.. А detained my sister-in-law Catharine, and moment before I saw old men and young, robbed her of her diamonds ?-Well! He with their arms and baggage, but without was charged to go and assassinate the uniforms, shouting ‘Long live the king !' Emperor Napoleon and all his family! At loud enough to kill one. Madame Lefebvre the instance of the Emperor Alexander, says they are the royal volunteers. I obwho would have the queen of Westphalia's served their lassitude; they would have diamonds found, he was arrested, and he done well to use their muskets as walking has at his examination confessed all ; sticks, for they seemed to have scarcely therefore they will not have him executed. strength left to carry them. If the Bourbons They are afraid his disclosures will be have no other defenders than these, they come public, and he will therefore remain are lost. Now look at that apartment on in prison.'
the first floor exactly opposite-itis occu6. Can the Bourbons be guilty of such pied by some young men of the bodyinfamous conduct ?' said I to the queen. guard. They often come there in uniform.
66°No. The King had not yet come, and Hitherto they were always gay and tri. him I believe to be incapable of such a umphant; but to-day they looked very secrime. But you will never guess the man rious, and the woman who seems to be who gave all these orders to Maubreuil. It their mother, appeared plunged in such is Monsieur ***
one of the counsel they deep sorrow that she saddened me. They have given me!
are about to depart, no doubt. You see I “Maubreuil reflecting on the conse- enter into all the feelings of my neighquences which the assassination of the bours; they are at present my only acEmpress Maria Louisa and her son, and of quaintance, and I feel an interest in them.
As to the window on the third floor, where of whom he was deprived. He showed you see that thin and withered old woman, them with pride to the people who were I have learnt from Madame Lefebvre that crowding under his windows; and they she is the wife of a violent Bourbonist:— were present at the parade, which was a She often talks to her husband at the win- great treat to them." dow; he always carries a fleur-de-lis cross
No very distinct light has ever been a yard long, and I can assure you he has
thrown, that we are aware of, upon the truth now abandoned his pencils, and is occupied entirely with political events. His wife or falsehood of the following once widelyand he continually gesticulate with much asserted fact. vehemence, and when the royal volunteers
“ I have since learnt that the Duc de Vipassed by they did not feel quite easy.!"
cence had shown to the agent of the Emvol. ii. p. 383.
peror of Russia some papers found in the When the king had quitted Paris, Sebas- apartments of the Count de Blacas, at the tiani induced Lavalette to resume the direc. Tuileries, the hurry of whose departure tion of the post office, as one means of obvi. had not allowed him time to think of car
rying them away or destroying them. It ating the incipient confusion.
was a treaty, an alliance concluded be“M. de Lavalette was at last persuaded tween France, Austria, and England, --but he wished, before he acted, to know against Russia, but the apparition of the what Cambacérès thought of this step; the Emperor overturned all the hostile prolatter having often governed during the jects, and directed them against himself.” absence of the Emperor, might be consid
The next is a step beyond the preceding ered at that moment as his representative. He went to the chancellor Cambacérès, in the realms of improbability. and found him very indifferent about the “I have been told that a worthy Englishmatter. "Do whatever you please,' said man coming to France during the first he to Monsieur de Lavalette; as to my-year of the restoration, said, whilst lookself, I shall not interfere by giving any or- ing at the Place de Carrousel, “So it is ders. I remember too well how the Emper- here that Bonaparte used to cause one or or reproached me on his return from Rus- two persons to be shot every day, and disia, about Mallet's affair. There was need verted himself by looking at the spectacle of promptitude in judging, and executing from his windows.'”-vol. iii. p. 6. such criminals. I espected to be praised for this; instead of which, the Emperor
A few anecdotes of Napoleon possess insaid to me with great severity, ‘Monsieur terest solely from their relation to a characCambacérès, you have arrogated to your- ter so little generally understood. self the right of executing Frenchmen without my knowledge! If now, I had "The first time the Emperor saw Marchosen to use my prerogative and pardon shal Soult again (who was minister of war them? Oh! I am not dead yet.'—. Since at the time of his disembarkation at that time,' said Cambacérès to Monsieur Cannes, and who had spoken so ill of him de Lavalette, 'I take nothing upon myself, in his proclamation to the army,) he said nor meddle with the matter, till I have to him— Duke of Dalmatia, do you know the Emperor's positive orders.''-vol. ii. that you have fired at me with grape shot?' p. 392.
• It is true, Sire; but it was a shot that could That this jealousy of power, in Napoleon, major general of the army, a situation
not touch you. The Emperor made him was not unaccompanied with the far hum which had always been filled by Berthier. bler jealousy of siate, this anecdote will It is asserted that the Emperor said, ' Why evince.
has the Prince of Neufchatel quitted “ The Emperor had established so severe at the Tuileries? I should have given liim
France? Why did he not present himself an etiquette for the princesses of his family, but one punishment, and that would have that they had contracted the habit of being been to appear the first time before me in always surrounded by many attendants, the full uniform of captain of the bodyand never going out to walk."
guard to Louis the Eighteenth.' "- vol. iii. The following possesses some interest, p. 27. as one of the recorded instances of private
“After breakfast, they went to see all the feelings in Napoleon.
pictures contained in the fine gallery of
Malmaison, belonging to the Queen and “The day after the arrival of the Em the Prince Eugene, as a part of the inheritperor, the Queen went early to the Tuille- ance of the Empress Josephine. ries, and took with her her two sons, who "What is the worth of these picwere very anxious to see their uncle again. tures ?' said the Emperor, showing them to He received them with tenderness, caress. Mr. Denon. The latter estimated their ed them much, and kept them a long time ue, and the Emperor exclaimed with with him; he seemed desirous to lavish on surprise, 'So much as that! Ah! if I had these two youthful heads the affection known that they were worth so much, I which he could no longer show to the son I would not have given them to Josephine;
they must be bought back again; they regarded him as their support, and the sold. are fine enough to be made national pro- iers, who loved him with enthusiam and perty. These pictures belong at present without after-thought; but he lost all those to the Emperor of Russia, who bought who wanted only to make their fortunes, and them of the Queen and her brother.”—vol. the number was unhappily very great. Beiii. p. 37.
sides, we must be just, the Bourbons had "I cannot express how delighted I was been mild and indulgent; they had received, to see the Emperor so close, and with what more or less, all parties, without showing eagerness I examined him, and retained themselves vindictive. If their nobility and every word he uttered.
their emigrants had crushed much self-love, "I imbued myself with the tone of his the Bourbons felt still so little strength that voice, the expression of his countenance, so they worked only in the dark."-vol. iii.p.52. important to study in a man so great and extraordinary. Seen so close, he impressed
Fouché had his admirer, as well as every one with respect mingled with admir- Nero. ation; but at the same time he touched the heart with an air of great bonhommie, which haustible in her admiration of the Duke. He
“She (Mademoiselle de Ribou) was inex. was the more astonishing to find in him from the fear he generally inspired. I soon found appeared to her eyes a great citizen and at
the same time the best of fathers, the most how much those, in their judgment of his mind, who accused him of being unfeeling, heart.
perfect friend, and a man of most amiable
As a highly skilful minister she were deceived. Though strong, it was accessible to all emotions of true feeling.
thought him of the greatest use to the cause "" I should like to see the chamber of the 10 which he seemed entirely devoted ; and Empress Josephine," said he, in a voice which yet, in spite of all these fine protestations, I betrayed his strong sensibility. The Queen
learned indirectly that he held correspondrose from her seat. •No, Hortense; sit still, M. de Metternich' messages which he kept
ence with Austria, and that he received from child; I will go alone, it would distress you secret. The minister at the court of Vienna too much. The eyes of the Queen filled with tears; she sat down again without professed, in the name of his master, the most speaking, and the Emperor left the room France ; but always refused to treat with the
pacific and generous dispositions towards much affected. He returned not long after, Emperor Napoleon, whose expulsion he deand in spite of all his efforts to appear com- manded as the first condition for the mainposed, one could easily perceive that he was tenance of peace.”-vol. iii. p. 104. much depressed, and that a sweet yet melancholy remembrance had taken possession of We preserve a lady's bon-mot and some his soul. His eyes were moist; and he minor traits of a celebrated statesman, whose seemed desirous of shrouding himself in seri- general talent for the agreeable, in female ousness and severity, to escape a weakness society especially, has been the basis and which he wished neither to feel nor display.' -vol. iji. pp. 39, 40.
stepping.stone of one half of his power. "When I spoke to the Queen regarding “ The Countess Dulauloy was not, as may Tallien, who bad kept at a distance, she an. well be thought, in odour of sanctity in the swered, ' It is not on account of his cpinions noble faubourg, where Madame Alf.... de that the Emperor has been severe against N.... had given her the nick.name of Le Tallien ; bui he has never forgiven him for Grenadier tricolore,' in allusion to her tall having left Egypt (!) without his permission; and fine figure' as well as to the opinions this he looked upon ihat as a desertion, which set lady professed. She again had retalii ted by so pernicious an example, that he has always calling the other the Venus of the Père la remained inexorable towards him.”—vol. Chaise.' And, to those who knew the leaniii. p. 49.
ness of Madame Alf .... de N...., the The real position of Bonaparte is given laughers were not on her side.”—vol. iii.
application was very diverting, and the in these few lines, more valuable than they p. 56. appear at first from the suurce from whence “ M. de Metternich, young, amiable, intelthey come—the bosom of his family. lectual and brilliant, was not the least re
markable of those I remember. He was the "From the tenacity of resolution in the al- soul of our parties, and we delighted to have lies not to treat with the Emperor, war ap- him. He brought into vogue the thousand peared inevitable, and this idea depressed all little nothings which became afterwards except the military. People began to doubt sources of variety and amusement; to him the Emperor's good fortune; it was discovered we owe the language of the flowers, which that some officers who had asked for active was in many circles a symbolical mode of service, had notwithstanding gone to Ghent : understanding one another at all times; it is always at the critical moment that the amongst others they spoke of a lovely and weakness of some characters is bared to the amiable lady, whom M. de Metternich visited view. As long as the Emperor was fortunate every day, and all whose impressions were every one was for him; but when obliged interpreted by the flowers that surrounded again to struggle against Europe, he had no- her.. One day, troubled with vapours, she thing remaining but those good people who crowned herself with marigolds; her dress,