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her apartments, were covered with garlands | Queen, and at the moment we approached I
the soldier, turning away abruptly " It was also Monsieur de Metternich who
"Is it then possible,' said the Queen, as taught us to use jewels for alphabets; every she walked away, that they even attempt to precious stone stood for an initial letter, and win the Emperor's guards !"- vol.iii. p. 130. thus were names or devices framed which “The Queen went in the afternoon to the became necklaces, rings, or bracelets. I had Elysée, whither I had the honour of accomone made in this way for the Queen, who panying her. I remained in the saloon whilst wore her name thus formed."-vol. iii. p. 117. ihe Queen was with the Einperor; I presently The catastrophe followed close the re-Mère, whilst the Emperor, a few paces fur
saw her walking in the gardens with Madame joicings.
ther off, was talking with his brother Lucien. “On the 17th of June we were suddenly All at once cries of Long live the emperor, waked at day-break by the report of cannon, made us run to the windows. Crowds of and in a few moments the certainty that a people, exasperated by the abdication, survictory had been won by the Emperor, dis- rounded the palace and gardens, calling sipated all our gloomy presentiments; a loudly for the emperor; and when they perbattle had taken place and we had won the ceived him walking, several men scaled the victory: confidence and hope revived in walls to approach him; they threw themFrance, and the old good fortune of our ar- selves at his feet, and with those touching mies, so often triumphant, favoured us again. tones which come from the heart, besought The next day, the 18th, the same success, a him not to abandon them, to renounce ibe more complete victory than the day before, project of abdication which drove them to and more detailed intelligence of what had despair, and to put himself at their head 10 occurred; our joy was at the highest pitch !" go and repulsс the enemy. -vol. iii. p. 120.
"Well!' said Count Réal, who was with "In the evening, the Queen received as us, 'I have been doing nothing else but en, usual those who generally visited her; at the deavouring to repress outbreaks like this, and moment that the conversation became more to prevent similar scenes.'”—vol.iii. p. 141. animated by a gay and amusing discussion, the subject of which the Queen had supplied,
In the Chamber of Peers, too, another she was told some one wished to speak pri- faithful follower, Labédoyère, insisted that vately with her : the names of those who the abdication was void if the young Empewere waiting for her were mentioned in a whisper, and she passed into her saloon to flected on the members and military chiefs
ror was not recognized. He bitterly re. receive ihem; her absence was long. When holding an opposite opinion, recalled their she returned, I did not observe any other change in her countenance than that she oaths, and concluded by saying, looked somewhat paler. She resumed the conversation, disclosed nothing to any one,
""Shall we never hear in this precinct but dismissed them all earlier than usual.
any thing but perjuries ?' “We were scarcely alone when she said
“At these words, furious cries arose on to me, Well, now misfortune is come; all every side; Monsieur de Valence fidgetted on that I feared has been realised; the Empe. his chair, crying, 'I do not listen to you; reror is beaten, France is in danger, the allies cant what you have said.'- vol. iii. p. 147. are marching upon Paris !"—vol. iji. p. 123.
“Monsieur de Labédoyère being still with us “We hoth walked silently loy the side at six o'clock, the Queen kept him to dinner. of the Queen, who did not even lift her At the moment of sitting down to table, some eyes to those pretty houses for which she one made the remark that there were thirteen had made such elegant plans ; she did not like to find myself one of a party amounting
of us. Although not superstitious, I do not now look at them; doubtless she thought
I mentioned this to my it was no longer in France that she could say to this number.
neighbour; Labédoyère heard me. Do not We were walking towards the Place de from the turn events are taking the thir
be alarmed, Mademoiselle Cochelet,' said he, la Concorde ; at the moment that we turned into the Allée de Marigny, I observed with teenth is probably myself, who will be absent astonishment a lady very elegantly dressed,
from the invitation of this day twelvemonth? who had stopped close to a sentinel placed
- vol. iji. at the gratings of the garden, and was talking to him with much vehemence and great from the name of the narrator as well as the
The following we preserve as interesting gesticulation. As her back was turned she did not perceive us; the thing seemed so sin- actors. The artist, even when absorbed in gular, that I could not resist my curiosity to grief, had a keen eye to effective expres. know what it was; I pointed her out to the sion.
“ The Emperor's mother was the last of him from his fatal resolutions ; Murat should the imperial family who came to take leave have had to pass over your corpse before of the Emperor. Talma, who in the uniform committing such a crime: the Emperor was of the National Guard, had repaired to Mal- no less his benefactor than yours; retire, Ca. maison to see the great man* before his de- roline:' and she turned her back upon her. parture, visited me the next day, and told It was only after the Emperor's death that me how much he had been affected at the Madame Letitia became reconciled to her Emperor having received him after the order daughter."- vol. iji. p. 173. had been given not to let another person en. “Madame Letitia, who had let him speak ter; that the Emperor appeared gratified at without interruption, then answered with dighis visit, and had manifested much interest nity :—'My Lord Cardinal, I have not mii. for him. , 'Of what a fine tragic scene have lions; but be pleased to say to the Pope, so I been witness, Mademoiselle Cochelet!' said that my words may come to the ears of Louis Talma, with the fiery animation of his cha- XVUI., that if I was happy enough to possess racter. What a spectacle was the separa- | the fortune so charitably ascribed to me, I tion of Madame Mère and her son! She should not employ it in fomenting troubles in could not draw any sign of emotion from the Corsica, nor in making partisans in France Emperor; but what expression she threw for my son; he has enough of them; but in into those fine features, that attitude, and how equipping a fleet whose special object should much probably was in her thoughts! The emo. be to liberate the Emperor from the Island of tion of the Empress-mother declared itself St. Helena, where the most infamous want of in two large tears which trickled down her faith detains him prisoner.' Then, saluting fine antique face, and her tongue pronounced the Cardinal, she retired to her interior apartonly these three words, when she gave him ments.”-vol. iii p. 177. her hand at the moment of departure, Farewell, my son !' The Emperor's answer was It is singular, and proves that " Reality is equally laconic, ‘My mother, adieu ! then more extraordinary than Romance,” as By. they embraced; such was their separation, ron observed, that nearly the same means of doomed to be eternal."- vol. iii. p. 172.
safety which the noble poet censured Hook Two anccdotes of Madaine Mère may be for introducing in his play of Tekeli, should introduced here. The second refers to the have been actually proposed to no less a per. visit of the Cardinal-secretary of His Holi- sonage than the great bard's idol, the fallen ness at the instance of the French Ambas- master of Europe. sador, Blacas, who insisted that the ex-Einpress. Mother was fomenting insurrection. “ At his arrival at Rochefort, the Emperor
“ After the defection of Murat, which met there his brother Joseph, who was about caused so much evil to our arms, and which to embark for the Netherlands in a vessel of contributed greatly to the misfortunes of that nation; the voyage was completed withFrance, the Empress-Mother broke off all out mishap, avoiding the English cruizers. A connection with her daughter, the Queen of Danish Captain, whose vessel was considered Naples. The attempts which the latter made a fast sailer, and which was in the road of La towards reconciliation were vain; at last, one Rochelle, offered to transport the Emperor to day she forced her way, presented herself to New York, and said he would answer with her mother, and with all the tenderness and his head for the success of the enterprise ; but affection of a daughter, asked what she had he made one special condition; it was, that done :o merit such treatment? The only an. the Emperor should embark alone, and should swer she received was in these remarkable conceal himself in a chest : the Emperor rewords, 'What you have done! You have fused. betrayed your brother, your benefactor!' " There was yet a means of delivering the The Queen of Naples urged with reason that Emperor from the English ; the attachment her husband was the sole master of his politi- which his brother Joseph felt for him was a cal actions; that imperious circumstances guarantee that it would not have been proand the interests of his kingdom had driven posed in vain. Joseph must have put on the him to his rupture with France, and that no grey great coat and the peculiar hat of the Emone, much less her mother, could with reason peror, and, surrounded by faithful adherents, denounce her as guilty. You have betrayed have allowed himself to be taken by the En. your benefactor, repeated the Empress-Mo-glish in his stead. The striking resemblance ther, 'you ought to have used all your influ- in face, and not an inch difference in height, ence with your husband, in order to dissuade would have made it almost impossible to dis.
cover the ingenious stratagem. The English. The expression Talma always used when in possession of Joseph, would have hastened speaking of' him, especially since the day when to conduct him to the banks of the Thames ? performing at Tilsit in Edipus, before the Em- then the Emperor would the more easily peror Napoleon, the King of Prussia, and the Ein- have passed into America, as the English peror Alexander, this last, seizing the allusion at the moment when Talma said, "The friendship cruizing fleet would have left the coast. of a great man is a boon from the gods," ihrev
“I have often reasoned on this subject with himself into the arms of Napoleon. “How far the Queen, and we both agreed as to its suc. those two sovereigns are from being so intimate cess. • If the Emperor or his brother had now!" said Talma to me, with a deep sigh. thought of it, it would have been a noble page
in the history of Joseph's life,' said the do? To whom address himself? to his other Queen, and I know him well; he would not brothers ?—they were absent. Joseph and have let such an opportunity escape of de. Louis commanded regiments at a distance; voting himself for bis brother."- vol. iii. p. Lucien was on an embassy to Lisbon or Ma. 177.
drid. As to his mother, she could not see any
reason for giving money to a young scape. Every thing relating 10 Talleyrand is an grace like him, whom she loved tenderly, but object of more than usual interest at this mo- whose morals she was more anxious tor than m.ent.
his prodigality. What could he think of? It
come into his head to pay a visit to a holy “With M. Talleyrand conversation is car. man, his uncle Fesch (become a cardinal.) ried on by a few words, whch he launchesus He presents himself, and is well received by oracles ;
he puts into them all his wit and this worthy relation, at whose house a numer. genius: they are retained and circulated ; ous party is assembled. He is invited to din. and even, on occasion, words are put into his ner; after dinner they passed into the saloon mouth. Here is one which at the time was to take coffee. At this moment Jerome much repeated : This affair is a question of watches the Cardinal entering another room; legitimacy for Europe. Thus in the opinion he follows him thither, draws into a corner of him who had been the soul of all the di- this dear uncle, whom he had already so often plomatic measures against France, every fo. wheedled out of money, and requests the reign prince should feel a personal interest same favour again : but the other is immovein it; this explains their animosity against able, and refuses flatly. all that related to the Emperor.”_vol. iii. p.
• Cardinal Fesch, it was well known, was 214.
always a great lover of pictures; now the
room in which they were, formed the comThe restoration produces a singular scene. mencement of his fine gallery, which has be
come so remarkable for its collection of the “On the 31 of July Louis XVIII. made his master-pieces of all schools. When Jerome triumphal entry into Paris. It was the more heard this positive refusal, he turned abruptly brilliant, as dukes, marquises, and counts round. "See !' said he, 'there is a rascal who composed the attending crowds; quality sub- seems to be laughing at the affront I have re. stituted quantity. The excitement was almost ceived. I will be revenged. At the same to madness: the cries and gestures were con- time he draws his sabre, and directs the point vulsive, so violent was the joy of the winning against the face of a fine old mon (painted by party: Fine equipages of elegant ladies im Van Dyck,) whose eyes he threatens to cut peded the passage of the sovereign surnamed out. It may be imagined what a fright the The Desired; they went and came, passed and Cardinal was in at seeing him ready to transrepassed unceasingly, waving their white pierce a masterpiece ; he attempts to stay his handkerchiefs; they stretched their hands to arm ; but the young man will not hear reason, one another out of the carriage windows; till the twenty-five louis have been promised they embraced each other on meeting ; in him. The uncle capitulates, peace is made, fact, in the midst of these transports, where and they embrace.-vol. iii. p. 219. voices failed in prolonged cries, a great lady, whose equipage was stopping on the Boule Hortense was greatly surprised and pain. vart de Grand, was seen to take her couch. ed at the conduct of the Emperor Alexan ler, man round the neck, and embrace him con- who on his return to Paris, though he once vulsively."- vol. iii. p. 215.
entered the Queen's hotel, according to MaOf two very opposite anecdotes which we
demoiselle de Cochelet, never made the least select for our readers, the first is not known aitempt to renew the former intimacy. She so widely as it ought to be ; the second is of expressed her feelings to Madame St. AuJerome Bonaparte, and might have been wor: laire, who repeated them to the King of Prus
sia. thy Sheridan. "I was informed that one day the Prus.
But the King, in order to sians wanted to blow up the Bridge of Jena. stop her mouth, told her that a letter had been Louis the XVIII. had exclaimed against it her brother, and in which the Emperor Alex
seized, which Queen Hortensia had written to warmly to the allies, and told Blucher, that if ander was very ill spoken of: he whom she he persisted in blowing up the bridge, he had praised so much in 1814. would place bimself on it at the time of the tended that the Queen described him as a
It was pre. explosion. The bridge was left unmolested.” - vol. iii. p. 217.
man without mind, without decision, over • He was one day, he said, absolutely in whom it was easy to gain an ascendant and want of twenty-five louis, his purse being
turn him any way.”-vol.iii. p. 230. empty, although General Murat, governor of Paris, and who was very fond of him, often does not hesitate to call a wanton falsehood
This assertion, which the fair biographer assisted him with his : but this time the latter resource failed him; and the quarter's al. on the part of his majesty, was certainly not lowance which he received from the consui the plea set up by a follower of the Czar. had been spent in advance. What was heto ti is singular that both in France and Eng.
land his Imperial Majesty should have been talk with her. A phrase of hers proves how prevented from paying a visit on which, ac. great is the fascination of success, since it cording to bis apologists in these cases, he misled even her superior mind. Madame de had so much set his heart, by the personal • Really I cannot understand it ;! always
Staël said of the Eniperor, after the last events, anxiety of the respective monarchs, if we can looked upon him as a great man !"-vol. iii. trust the same authorities ; which assuredly
p. 308. we do not.
of ancient relics may He (M. Boutikim) insisted
preservers much on the point that his sovereign was not
take a lesson from this discovery of the value master to do whatever he pleased, and was
of History to Archæologists. answerable for the slightest act, in the present state of France, to the sovereigns his al.
* The Queen had graciously received the lies: that they had reciprocally engaged not envoy of General Rochemann, and had invit. to do anything but by common consent. ed to dinner. At the hour fixed the aid-deThen with an air of mystery Boutikim added, camp arrived in full uniform, wearing at his that it had pained the Emperor Alexander side a sword, which he was not long in making much not to see the Queen ; that it was a
us observe. It was his favourite subject; he great constraint on his inclinations, but that said that this sword, which was a very old and Louis XVIII. had so strongly urged him not handsome one, had belonged to Richard to do it, that the Emperor did not know how Caur-de-Lion. It had been found, he said, to refuse promising ; that he had been pained after his captivity in Germany on his return to see an old man so tenacious on this head; from the Crusades, and had been preserved and that, fearing he would go so far as to pe- with great care as a precious relic of such a tition on his knees, he had been obliged to valiant and illustrious warrior. The aid-degive his word not see the queen.,
camp wore it as a remembrance of his ances. “ The importance attached to a simple act tors, who had transmitted it from father to of politeness towards a lady, and the idea of a son. King of France supplicating thus the Emper
" The Queen, who had scarcely listened or of Russia, appeared to me so ridiculous, to our conversation, asked in a careless manthat I conducted Boutikim to the Queen, that ner to see the sword, which we were passing he himself night tell her this incredible fact. from band to hand, accompanying it with exShe smiled, but did not seem to give much pressions of the admiration it excited in us. credence to it.”—vol. iii. p. 245.
The Austrian officer presented to her the
weapon, on which was actually engraved the Not less ignoble were the fears of Made. name of Richard. The queen examined it with moiselle de Staël, for she, it seems, candidly great attention, and then returned it, saying confessed them to the esiled ex-Queen. But very quietly that it was very handsome, and
had very likely belonged to a king of England, we hope she could not really apprehend that called Richard the Third, but could not Louis XVIII. would have denied a just debt possibly have been worn by Richard Cæurhad she acted otherwise, and been heroic de-Lion, for among the ornaments enough to see a Queen and a friend in ad. the hilt was the device of the Order of the versity
Garter, which was not instituted till the time
of Edward the Third. “One could not be near Coppet, where Ma
"The Queen did not observe the stupefacdame de Staël resided, without desiring to ticn of the poor officer. I believe I was the see this literary wonder of our times. Mon first to understand the whole extent of his sieur de Voyna paid her a visit; he was well annoyance. A single word had sufficed to received, and returned charmed with her wit
, ruin completely the importance of possessing and still more with the beauty of her daugh- so precious a weapon; he saw vanish at once ter, then a fine and graceful girl, whose pre. the authenticity of a title to nobility, which sence at Coppet was an additional attraction had procured him much politeness from sev. for the numerous visitors. Monsieur de Voyn eral great personages, and particularly the did not fail to return thither several times. favourable opinion of Englishmen, who alMadame de Staël begged him to present her ways feel great interest in all that concerns
This sword compliments to the Queen, and to express her their national remembrances. regret at not being able to come and pay her had got bim invitations to dinner, great atrespects to her; ihat she would leave her to tentions, and once the offer of a considerable judge of her position; that at that moment she sum, which he now most surely repented
He must have regretted was prosecuting a claim of 2,000,000 of of not accepting. francs, lent by Monsieur Necker to the Bour- this discovery the more as it was now evident bons; that this obliged her to be circumspect, that the sword could only have belonged to to avoid injuring her interests. The Queen the wicked Richard, who is accused, not withliked her frankness, and let her know that out foundation, of the murder of his two she should be grieved if any attempt to see nephews.”—vol. iii. p. 343. her should do her injury. The Queen had the mere merit in thus answering Madame de
The sword of Marshal Ney was produc. Staël, as she had never wished so much totive of a more serious catastrophe
“ Marshal Ney was arrested on the 11th de Montesquiou to say to the emperor, when of August at the Castle of Bessoines the prop- the latter reproached him, generally so puncerty of one of his wite's relations. These are tual, for being ten minutus behind his time, a few particulars of his arrest: the marshal . What was I to do, sire? in crossing the had been some days in this retreat, when a apariments, I was stopped by a crowd of Bourbonist of the neighbourhood, at a visit kings, who all asked after your majesty's he made to the castle, observed in a corner health. of the room a sabre, which, from its richness “At this great epoch foreign kings and prin. and military emblems, he imagined to belong ces flocked to Paris; the primate was of the to some great military personage. In his number; during his stay in the capital, he opinion, the owner of this sabre could be none had contracted the habit of repairing every other than either Marshal Ney or Murat.- day to the house of the witty Fanny de BeauFrom this clue it was guessed that one or harnais, god-mother to Queen Hortensia ; she other of these two illustrious fugitives was was an old and esteemed acquaintance of his. concealed at Bessoines; official information He generally spent an hour there; be never was forwarded to Monseiur Locard, prefect took leave of her without pressing sometimes of Cantal, and to the under-prefect of Auril- one, sometimes both his cheeks to her's. One lac, who, seconded by a captain of gens day, when the separation had been more af. d'armes, had the castle surrounded, and took fectionate than usual, the primale went from the marshal, whom they immediately con- Fanny de Beauharnais to the Tuilleries, veyed to Paris.”—vol. iii. p. 346.
where he had been invited to dine with the
emperor. He had scarcely, entered when Of Lavalette we hear little, of his wife a footman, approaching respectfully, told less: of the former we are told
him that his cheeks were quite red. His
highness immediately remembered the fare. “When he knew who composed the jury well embrace of his old friend, and turning to a summoned to judge him, he bent down his mirror, saw that his face was coloured by the head and said in the ear of his counsel, .I am contact with the rouged cheeks of Fanny de condemned ! Monseur Tripier, who had Beauharnais. Having remedied this disor. the greatest confidence in the goodness of his er, or rather excess of toilet, he causes bim. cause, would not give any credence to these self to be announced to the emperor, of sinister words; when, therefore, he heard whom he asks permission to give a pension of the terrible declaration, he was so over- 1200 francs !o a valet of his majesty's, who, by whelmed that he fell back on the bench, a timely hint, saved him from a ridicule which where, being a short man, he was almost out could not have failed to attach to him ; the of sight. Lavalette, iurning at the moment primate then related what had happened at the words to the pain of death' were being ihe house of the empress's relation. The pronounced, gave him his hand, saying, “Al- emperor and the company laughed heartily; ter all, my friend, it is but a cannon shot.' but he to whom the affair was the most Saluting with his hand the officers of the agreeable and advantageous was the valet, post who had appeared as witnesses, he said who they say did not blush to accept the to them in the kindest manner, Farewell, primate's bounty.”—vol. iv. p. 325, 326. gentlemen of the post-office.''-vol. iv. p. 120.
We must however make room for one
reminiscence of TalleyrandOf Fouché as a dreamer the anecdote must be new ; here is his letter to Made “ The members of the imperial family moiselle Cochelet
might have expected all sort of chicanery,
from him. It is stated that the animosity of • Dresden, June 5th. this diplomatist against all that related to “ You have good reason to believe that you the emperor, arose from a misadventure he made a conquest of me; I dreamed that I had had in consequence of the return from had also made a conquest of you, and this the island of Elba. He was then at Bern as dream is not without some reality, as you French minister, and gave a brilliant evewill see.
ning party, at which several amateurs per“ We were walking together, last week, in formed a comedy; he himself took the charthe outskirts of Constance; the heat of the acter of a miller, and in order to be more sun drew us towards the lake, and in an incorrect in his costume, he covered himself stant I saw you in the middle of the water, with flower from head to foot; he was white and, plunging in after you, brought you to allover, clothes, hands and face. As he was the shore. As a good action always has its about to come upon the stage, and promised recompense, guess what will be mine!"-vol. himself much applause, a secretary of embasiv. p. 196.
sy approached, and delivered him a packet.
What did it announce ? The disembarkaWe conclude with two little anecdotes— tion of the emperor in the gu!f of Juan. This
was a thunderbolt for the ambassador.“ At the time of the marriage of the Em- Without taking time to change his clothes, peror Jerome with a Princess of Wurtem- he dismissed the party, and with his secreberg, kings stood waiting in the anti-cham- taries, occupied himself all night in expeditber of the Tuilleries, which caused Monsieur ing despatches to his court, as well as to the