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Maria is surmounted by a crown of glory; above this is inscribed, Ave, and below, MUTAN8 Eve NOMEN!
We also entered the Church St. Finisterre, which contained nothing remarkable. Got some coffee in the Café des Suisses, opposite the Theatre, and then went to the play.
We found the Theatre a good deal like those of Gand and Anvers. We sat in the front division of the pit (3} francs each), as the boxes, we understood, were all private. A side box was decorated as the King of Holland's box. Under the arms the motto “ Je maintiendrai.” The spectacle was, according to the bills, to have commenced at a quarter before seven o'clock, with a Comedy called Le Medicin malgre lui, and to conclude with Gulistan, the same Persian piece as we saw at Antwerp. But we soon learnt that the first piece would be omitted, on account of the illness of one of the performers. We heard the overture to Henri IV. played very well, and then the curtain rose at half past eight o'clock. The audience received every thing very peaceably; and I could not avoid thinking that a London audience would have acted very differently under similiar circumstances.
Sunday, 15th.–Did not get up very early; called on M. Van M. two or three times during the forenoon, but did not find him at home. On Mr. P., also, we called, who was likewise out. On returning to
PALACE OF LAKEN.
the hotel we met a procession of the Virgin, accompanied with music, &c., and found Mr. Van M.'s son waiting for us at the inn door. We attended him to Counsellor Burtin, but found that he was gone into the country; we were, therefore, at present disappointed. Dined at the Table d'Hôte. Music at dinner, as usual, by four men (one blind), three violins and a bass. The blind man gave a good imitation of a trumpet by taking the smaller string down from the bridge and letting it lie along the belly of the fiddle. Walked afterwards with our laquais de place (whom we had also taken with us in the morning) to the Palace of LAKEN.' Our road lay through the Allée Verde, which consists of two walks or roads; one on each side of the canal, lined with several rows of trees, extending nearly a mile from the town. The evening was charming, the day having been excessively warm, and the walk was filled with much gay company. At the end of the avenue we crossed the bridge beforementioned, and then, instead of turning to the right into the high road from Malines, proceeded straight across into a by-road which wound round to the front of the PALACE. There were elegant gates at the en. trance, and a lawn before the chateau. We were conducted by a servant through the suite of rooms on the ground floor, which were very sumptuously furnished by BUONAPARTE, for so sure was he of success at Waterloo, that dispatches were found after the battle, dated Laken. Here he meant to have taken up his
abode next day--reposing after victory! It is at present one of the residences of the King of the Netherlands.
Here Harold stands upon this place of skulls,
AMBITION's life and labours all in vain;
Monday, 16th.--After breakfast we proceeded (a party of thirteen) in two cabriolets to WATERLOO. The first party having started, the second, to which Mr. B. and I belonged, entered a Gand voiture by mistake, and we were just driving out of the inn yard when we discovered our error. The landlord had forgotten to order two carriages. It occasioned a delay of some minutes before the other vehicle made its appearance. We set off about half-past nine o'clock, proceeded through The PLACE ROYALE, near which the driver of a cabriolet very clumsily broke his pole in drawing up out of our way.
We left the city by the Gate of Namur, proceeded a little distance, and then turned off to the right by the side
of a large sheet of water. A little distance farther we entered the Forest of Soigne, through which the road passed for some miles. Previous to emerging from the wood we perceived the domed Church of Waterloo forming a finish at the extremity of the vista of trees. We soon reached the Village of WATERLOO, which consists of several white-washed cottages on each side of the road. The first house on the righthand was pointed out to us as the place where the Marquis of Anglesea's LEG was amputated, and the next building, on the same side, is Waterloo Church. The body of the church is of red brick faced (if I may
express myself) with white; the portico coloured a slate grey, with facings of yellow; two red lions over the gate. We dismounted for a short time and walked to the small square inclosure of ground at a little distance from the road, which serves as the buryingplace. Here we saw two or three grave-stones to the memory of some officers who were slain in THÉ BATTLE! A stone or two may also be seen without the inclosure. We did not spend much time in viewing these monuments of the dead, but re-entered our machines and proceeded through the village. The first house on the left-hand is a small public-house, bearing the sign of Le Roi d'Angleterre; the second or third beyond, has on its board Les grands Quartiers du Duc de Wellington, &c. This house was the place where Wellington's Staff put up. The house from which THE DUKE dated his dispatches,
after the battle, is still farther on the right, and may be known by its having green window shutters on the outside. At the extremity of the village, on the right, stands the house which the Marquis of Anglesea first entered after being wounded. A mile or two still further brought us to the Village of MONT ST. JEAN.
We dismounted again and left our carriages. The road divided, and we took the right branch which led to Hougoumont. The road led us down into a hollow in which our men suffered greatly from the French artillery, who fired over from the other side upon them.*
After ascending the acclivity, and proceeding along the road a little farther, we perceived HOUGOUMONT amidst some trees, to our left. It stands out of the road. The country was almost entirely occupied in fields of wheat, rye and other grain, which were at that time giving employment to the reapers. When
- * As to the position of Buona parte during the battle, he was not, as it has been said, elevated on a lofty scaffolding out of the reach of danger, but on “ a raised Mound of Earth, where He placed himself with his Staf, and the ground being sloppy and slippery, he ordered some trusses of straw to be placed under his feet to keep them dry and keep them from sliding !" See an interesting Volume-LETTERS from St. Helenu, iu wbich the conduct and conversations of Napoleon Buonaparte and his suite are described and related. By W. Warden, Surgeon, on board the Northumberland. Second Edition.