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give to the reader the sense of a double purpose, which damages the integrity of the work; but far more is gained by the consciousness of the sincerity of an affectionate interest than is lost by the exhibition of any casual vanity, which is often but the reflex of loyal admiration.
I am reminded by your own faithful and pathetic memorials of those you have loved and regretted, how much you could have added to one at least of these monographs, but I have preferred strictly to adhere to my own apprehensions of character and impressions of words and things, so that I might remain solely responsible for what is here related as having been said and done.
WRITTEN IN 1846.
DURING that strange episode of the French Revolution the siege of Lyons, a wealthy tradesman of the name of Selves was one of the most active defenders of the independence of his native city against the tyranny of the Directory. His eldest child, a boy of about seven years old, brought his daily food to the ramparts, and grew inured to the fierce game of war. When resistance became useless, and the infuriated conquerors took possession of the devoted town, it was not probable that Citizen Selves would escape a vengeance which honoured no courage and respected no submission. He was accordingly soon summoned before a tribunal composed of the most savage partisans of the central authority, and having been denounced by an old acquaintance, was on the point of being led to execution, when one of the judges, to whom Citizen Selves had happened to have shown personal kindness, asked him whether his accuser did