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benefit of the poor inhabitants of Fontain-horses at the post-house before it, and then bleau, but, from a patriotic principle of econo- passed onwards to his loved domain in a dismy, to the benefit of the civil list. An un- iant province. Youssouf, the Arab, lately arwieldy old-fashioned coach drove leisurely rived, rode into the crowd on his Arab courthrough La Rue Royale to the palace; it ser, attended by his secretary (a young French contained the handsome Bishop of Meaux, captain) and his negro, all three in their the pliant courtier and man of the world, in oriental costume-a brave Algerine warrior, his full-dress sacerdotal costume. His rever-who entered into the French service under ence's very reverend chaplain sat opposite, Bourmont, immediately after that general's and descended after Monseigneur L'Eveque, conquest of Algiers ; his figure small and carrying the crosier, the mitre, and other active, his face full of sunshine, sincerity, insignia of the dignities of prelacy in the and finesse. Roman Catholic church. Soon after, another As my eye ranged o'er this scene, I
percarriage, of a more modern form, of lighter ceived advancing a man of noble aspect, of construction and more rapid movement, calm, dignified deportment, and a pure undrove into the palace-court, and stopped at wrinkled brow; he was accompanied by his the door of the Conciergerie. The persons son and a female friend. He penetrated quiwithin were of grave aspects, clad in black etly through the rude throng of his fellow-be. habits of the simplest cut of the tailor. One ings, without jostling or incommoding any of these persons, while descending the steps one. The serene smile of a benevolent heart of his carriage, held in his arms, with un- played over his countenance; scarcely did common circumspection, a mysterious white he seem to remark the crowd of his combundle, which only partially covered a black patriots, or deign to reflect on the variety of ebony cross, with the sacred figure of our strange circumstances, the complicated agenblessed Redeemer upon it sculptured in ivory. cies, that had conduced to assemble them Attorney's wives, printers' wives, linen-dra- there. He was an honoured nobleman of pers' wives and their daughters, were in all other times and other more Christian princithe bustle of toilet preparations, and nose- ples, walking unspotted through the world. gays, and doggrel verses, with florid prose In his days of prosperity he was accounted a addresses of felicitations--for here all are just man, in adversity he has preserved the admitted at court, in glorious equality sys- respect and esteem of his opponents, and the tem. Stormy and unquiet countenances grateful affection of his exiled royal masters. lurked here and there, moody abstractions, a His was a loyal, calm conscience, in the revival of party animosities, melancholy midst of scowling treason and dishonourmoanings of faithful loyal hearts, in vivid as pure gold passing through the crucible. recollection of noble guests that assisted Strange combination of circumstances and some few fleeting years agone at the cele personages ! bration of a more sacred royal wedding, un The day announced for the arrival of the Jer the nation's snow-white banner, in this Mecklenburg princess arrived. The sun same palace, the former residence of antique shone resplendent o'er the sinning world. royalty. The Roman Catholic church was It was on a turbulent market-day ; poultry, in 'sorrow and embarrassment-her clergy in vegetables, eggs, butter, all were sold at douemotion, anxious to protect their sacred fête, ble their usual price, for buyers and sellers la fete Dieu, always celebrated with pious were equally in haste to see and to be seen. A splendour at this season of the year. Ad- rush of the peasantry from the environs monished by prudence, these vicegerents of crowded every thoroughfare-clack, clack ! a heavenly superior resolved to confine the chattering, chattering ! scolding and gesticusacred procession within the precincts of lating in their native patois Gare, gare their church domain, in latent fear of the re- donc !”—“ Viens par ici, Marie!”—“
See, newal of insults on the part of the military see; great equipages; I bethinks it be that and their republican hymns, which the pre- of our princess-hearest thou ?"— Thee ceding year had smothered their sacred think'st so, neighbour ?" screamed out, in a chants in praise of the Deity. A posse of hoarse voice, a gross, coarse country woman, police chiefs and their spies, the latter under with a flaming red complexion ; really I every assumed disguise of beggar's garb, of should be enchanted to see her; she must peasant's dress, of labourer's blue frock, be a curiosity, for all t'other princesses of preceded the arrival of Louis Philippe, his foreign states were afeard and ashamed to queen, and a numerous family of princes come, on dit—and this be a little great duke's and princesses, who were speedily followed sister, and a heretic withal, as they say.”by their court phalanx, and an affluence of . Ma fie!" said another, “I sees nothing to invited tricolour deputies and turncoat peers, brag of in all this; rememberest thou the with their families, in carriages as strange, woman in la grand place, that exhibited her. as motley, as the personages within them. self there ?-she showed herself for moneyIn the midst of the medley arrived, acci- comment, ne trouve tu pas que c'est beau à dentally, the honest, loyal, eloquent, great voir-bah?"_"Why then come hither law orator, the glory of old France. He bent why quit our village-if you be not a curiforward his bald head, his manly open front, ous woman?—"Si fait, oui ! but it is to see from his carriage window, cast an ironic the camp— I likes the military-14" "As glance on these police figures, on the ancient to the young girl that be coming from foreign palace, on the silent multitude, changed parts, ce n'est inferieur "Ah! seest
her ?-let's pass, if you please; I be come hope of never being separated, not even from afar-ha' given up my day's pay of should exile be their lot, having placed her forty sols-left my dame at home sore vexed entire confidence in Providence. and grumbling—she be like to grumble more Louis Philippe then, turning to his minisif I do not see the princess.' -- Allons, vaur-ters and courtiers, presented the fair Hélène, ien !--do not push so hard.” Softly, ma " in the character of an angel come to dif. belle-no hostilities upon a holiday-polite- fuse a blessing on the French nation.” His ness and good-humour, if you can. "Ici un majesty then led this Lutheran princess into flot-par ici-par ici.”—“There is the head an interior apartment of this ancient asof
semblage of royal palaces that teem with The multitude was right, for the squadron noble remembrances of royal masters, the of hussars arrived. All eyes were fixed, supporters and crusade champions of the every mouth gaped open; a man of a spy's Roman Catholic church. Thus passed the mien, redingote blue, hat off, cried out to his first moments of welcomes and gratulations! neighbours, “ Mes amis, la voilà au fond de The doors closed with a jarring echo on la voiture dorée! (that voiture had served this fair female of the north, who has thus, Charles X. at his coronation ;) elle est en in thoughtless, unmeasured ambition, quitted chapeau rose à plume rose, et robe rose; elle the protection of the duke her brother, and a bonne mine! And her fat mother-in-law, his peaceable subjects, to risk the sunshine of the old dowager-duchess of Mecklenburg, her life upon the throw of a die in this France, elle est bien grasse L-elle a bien mangée en where rarely can she move, or glance her bas-là--on dit que le beuf est bon dans ce eyes to any spot, without inevitably gazing pays-là-allons-crions-viva !"
upon the former theatre of some atrocious But only the voices of the spy and his crime. well-paid comrades were exerted; the crowd Thus the curtain dropped on the first scene would see-curiosity was at its complete ex- of the first act of the marriage drama ! tension, and the heart felt nothing. The suite For ages it had been an inviolate custom, of carriages passed through the well-guarded nay, a law, with the French court, that the gates of the Cour du Cheval Blanc. Same affianced spouse of a French prince should silence within, for the troops had waited there pass the night previous to the union under a more than three hours, and the most lovely separate roof from her future lord. The figure of woman cannot efface, in this ungal- Duke of Berri conformed to this ancient etilant age, the fatigue and ennui of so long an quette on a similar occasion, and reposed at expectation.
the Hôtel de la Chancelerie in the town. Such Under the cloudless firmament, in the were the severe formalities of " the old bright purity of a summer afternoon, this courts.” Now, reputations are less tenaci. German princess ascended the left side of the ously protected; they are more easily lost far-famed antique " Escalier en fer à Che- and less prized than some years agone, for, val," the same side by which descended Na- contrary to this established custom, the Duc poleon, when he bade an eternal farewell to d'Orleans occupied his usual apartment in his brave veteran guards, to his generals, the palace. The portly Duchess of Meck. among whom then stood conspicuous Gene-lenburg reposed on the couch formerly occural Athalin, now factotum in these royal pa-pied by the august daughter of Louis XVI., laces, and the devoted servitor of Madame and the Princess Hélène in the adjoining Adelaide
chamber. Louis Philippe received her Serene High The king and his royal consort occupied ness with open arms, and in pathetic terms" Le Lit de Parade,” under the rich embroi. complimented her on her heroic courage in dered draperies that had sheltered the fair traversing France at the peril of her life, and lovely form of Marie-Antoinette a having, in fact, adventured a violent death. couch that even Napoleon had respectedHe expatiated on the tragical fate of kings, no one had ever reclined thereon since her their royal widows, and princesses of France, hour of martyrdom. I do not assert that her predecessors, expressing his fervent hope Louis Philippe found tranquil repose there, that her destiny might be more happy, assur. for who shall presume to narrate the history ing her serene highness of his resolve to of his heart? His cabinet and antechamber watch over her well-being, even at the ha. he resigned on this occasion to Talleyrand, zard of his personal safety ; on the part of his present counsellor in all secret exigencies. his son, he entertained no apprehensions for Like a cherished infant, Treize Serments passher domestic happiness: she might be as.ed the nights under his majesty's immediate sured of her princely consort's anticipation paternal guardianship. Before the aged of her slightest wishes, his ever-enduring veteran left the palace he was heard to saylove and friendship; that were it to be other- « Pour la France il faut une reine.” The wise, he would be ihe first to resent such con. Duke de Broglie and his duchess (the grandduct.
daughter of Neckar, the minister of Louis Her serene highness, in replying to these XVI.) occupied the gracefully decorated fine phrases, was affected to tears. She, in apartment of the celebrated austere Madame her turn, assured his majesty that she came de Maintenon. Some matrimonial embar. with the determination to partake in the fami-rassment occurred, in other apartments not ly dangers, in the fortunes of his dynasty, so amply provided with couches, betwixt whatever they might be, in the cherished husbands and their consorts that were too in
different, or too much imbued with the fash-| heaps of stones, more or less ornamented, not ionable immoral principles of the times, to being so fortunate as to possess a mind so greet each other in private intimacy. wonderfully romantic, so very exalted, as to
I changed the scene that evening to dine in a be able to make those interesting similitudes little committee of old courtiers, where I pledg. you allude to. I have read some extracts ed the health and future glory of the French from history, whereof a certain knowledge is prince, once styled the child of Providence,” requisite in polished circles to exonerate us le Dieu donné. Le Grand Vicaire joined us, a from the imputation of being ignorant and ill man of God, of charitable feelings. We educated ; indeed it is often useful to us feseemed to draw closer together around the males at an exhibition of paintings and sculptable, for only kindred souls were there, and ture, enabling us to descant on their beauties more than accustomed serenity graced their with success, and to the confusion of our countenances, which struck forcibly on my superficial dandy cavaliers. I allow that imagination as I turned my regards on the this palace, which apparently excites your opposite palace, and involuntarily made a undisguised enthusiasm, is very antique, since comparison between those guiltless conscien- every race of France's monarchs have added ces around me, and those of the individuals to its extent and beauty. I am fully aware who were at that hour assembled before the of that circumstance, mademoiselle, but there tottering throne. The many hundred lights its interest ceases for me. The past excites that were then glarin go'er the visages of no interest, for I have no concern in it; therenewfangled courtiers and veteran traitors, fore the present only occupies my mind. As and a monarch lacerated by astute politics, to the future, who can desire or presume to meditating on the necessary adoption of every pierce the veil that obscures it? We French measure that might secure the durance of a do not believe, like the Scotch people, in sesceptre not inherited, and who exists from cond sight.” day to day in fearful' momentary apprehen On uttering the last sentence, the lightsion of the unsheathed sword, hanging, like hearted, frivolous Frenchwoman cast on her that of Damocles, by a single hair, over the companion a malign glance of affected suheads of himself and family.
periority. The stature of the young stranger The Catholic marriage ceremony took seemed to tower higher, regarding her from place in the ancient Chapelle de la Sainte head to foot, and so very proudly, that the Trinité, at_nine o'clock on the following former lady sank confused under her gaze. evening. This chapel had been recently "If you imagine, madam, that you address restored to its primitive splendour for the oc- a Scotchwoman, you are greatly deceived. I casion. The principal altar is of a noble have not that advantage; but to whatever and majestic elevation. The statues of Char-country. I have the honour to belong, 1 am lemagne and St. Louis stand on each side in decidedly not of the herd whose sentiments Marmorean majesty. An altar-piece, repre- are only moved by present events, for that senting the descent from the cross, painted would humble me in my own opinion, as well on canvass by Jean Dubois, had been lately as in that of all mankind, in the scale of na. replaced over the altar; the many tapers ture: our reasonable faculties being thus re. burning thereon cast the tint of real life over duced to mere animal instinct, and our mind the sublime figures that seemed to breathe a deprived of the power of discrimination, the sacred irresistible admonition on the nothing. noble thirst for the great and good would be ness of power—an awful censure on the quenched in our soul; our affections would solemn act, the sacred vows to be exchanged be confined within the narrow sphere of selfand ratified before it by this princely but interest, extending only to those who caress dissenting pair.
us at the passing moment, or contribute to “This scene is very striking, ," said her our personal comfort and fleeting pleasures. French neighbour to a young lady, seated in The desire to bury the past in oblivion implies the front tribune of the chapel ; "the dra- an entire indifference, and a perfect carelessperies and other decorations are magnificent. ness of the future ; such minds must inevita. Shall we have long time to wait, mademoi- bly become as variable as the winds of hea. selle? for I confess I am very curious to have ven, alike indifferent to God and to their coun. a good view of our new princess, our future try; the world would degenerate into a world queen.
of selfishness, and into nations of weatherMadam," replied the stranger, “I cannot cocks! Adieu, then, to national greatness inform you; but you may find sufficient to and patriotism, for all great qualities would occupy your mind, and charm away ennui, thus vanish into nothingness!" for this rendezvous of palaces renews recol. “ Mon Dieu, ma chère !” exclaimed a lections so noble and so glorious, such honour beautiful French lady, with her pretty daughable patriotic actions, sung aloud by the trum- ter leaning on her arm, who had been listenpet of Fame, and fitted to mighty thoughts, ing in silence to this aniniated dialogue ; that must have an immense interest, above " Mon Dieu, ma chère, faites je vous en prie all, in the heart of a Frenchwoman;", and l'abnegation de tous vos beaux sentiments.the stranger bent courteously to the lady. Come with me to the court reception to-mor
Indeed, mademoiselle,” she replied, smil-row-come and amuse yourself with me and ing facetiously, "I see nothing so very rege- my daughter-a quoi bon d'aimer le bien en nerating in this pile of old edifices; they ce siècle? My husband, you well know, is offer nothing to my imagination, excepting a general of the empire, and formerly gover
nor of Cadiz, when King Ferdinand was a ness, those decent etiquettes necessary in prisoner there among his own subjects. The every rank of society, and that continue to general was subsequently aide-de-camp to pervade court scenes under hereditary soveKing Murat at the gay court of Naples, and reigns of other nations, even in the smaller later promoted by Louis XVIII. You will German principalities. see him presently enter with this court, look The Princess Hélène is of middle stature ing so gigantic, so superb, in his handsome and slender waist; to use a French phrase, uniform, decorated with several foreign or- “ Elle a la figure chiffonée." Her eyes neverders. He assured me this morning that he is theless beam with so much intelligence and more decided than ever to serve every chief kindness, that it is impossible not to appreciand government that France may adopt ; to- ate the graces of her person. She stood there morrow my daughter will accompany the before the altar of another faith, erect, of nopretty daughter of Mr. T., my linen-draper, ble aristocratic presence, the most regal-lookto present a nosegay to the princess. Venez ing personage amidst the royal group; but donc, ma chère amie-c'est vraiment char. her dress was ill adapted to the rank of a
royal bride-no court train falling in ample At this moment the massive and highly folds, to add to the graceful dignity of her sculptured oaken folding-doors of the ancient figure-no aerial flowing veil of bridal fashchapel were thrown open with a hollow re- ion. Her robe of Brussels point lace was of verberating sound. A procession of mar. short ball-room length; three narrow flounshals, generals, the cohort of ministers, a few ces took from her stature, and accorded not cordons rouges, many croix d'honneurs de- with the pretension to court lappets, which corating breasts which no spark of honour were attached to her fine dark hair, and that had ever warmed, ignoble members of the two fell in two formal straight lines to her waist; Houses of Representatives, ranged them- a splendid wreath of diamonds encircled her selves along the left side of the chapel ; the brow. diplomatic representatives of England, Rus "Ah! je vois la princesse, et moi la Fi. sia, Austria, &c., were absent; no ambassa- ancée," exclaimed a lady who had hitherto dors of illustrious potentates appeared to re- preserved a tenacious silence. " Elle est present the picture of power and state, to bien, mais très bien." give the semblance of dignity and acknow " Where? O where?". whispered the first ledgment of France's present throne. interlocutor. “Ah! je la vois—quel tour
Then entered the royal party; the bridal nure ? et quel joli visage!" Princess Hélène led by Louis Philippe, fol. “Well enough,” said the young stranger lowed by a phalanx of butterfly ladies, in tis- in a mincing accent. “Heavens! the duke sue turbans, waving plumes, glittering jewels, turns his regard to our side,” she added in and garlands of Howers. Pell-mell, helter the more decided tone of gratified vanity, at skelter, they rushed forward, throwing them- the same moment mechanically adjusting her selves instantly in negligent lounging atti- ringlets; in fact, the duke, this modern Paris, tudes on the rich velvet benches before the had for an instant forgotten his Hélène, his sacred cross on God's altar, with saucy non- affianced bride, his solemn contract, the imchalance, stretching out their feet upon the posing presence of the bishop, his mitre and opposite seats, mutually annoying their oppo- crosier, and in saloon habitude elevated his site occupiers.
opera glass, very unsentimentally spying upOne pretiy little foot, considerably smaller wards, about and around, on the assemblage. than those of her companions, played a tat “ Connoissez-vous les personnes de la too on the vis-à-vis bench; her whole frame cour ?! was agitated, her head tossed back with an “Not all of them, but I can name a few. affected air of indifference to the passing re- That officer, for instance, with only one arm, ligious ceremony, that ill concealed the per- has just been appointed chevalier d'honneur turbation of her mind. Her face was fair to to the princess.” look upon. It was the pretty Duchess de • What! he whom the newspapers repre
habituated to the exclusive smiles of a sent as having occupied the honourable situaprince royal.
tion of aide-de-camp successively to the asNeither etiquette nor decorum was main- sassinated Duc de Berri, and to his son the tained, for there were neither chamberlains, Duc de Bordeaux ?" nor a maître de cérémonie, nor chevalier d' Exactly so.” honneur; no sentiments of honour nor che. “ Why not, madame?" exclaimed the valresque feelings beamed refulgent o'er the stranger. “Oubli du passé, rien de plus nascene, nor other display of hereditary royalty turel." and bon-ton.
“And that handsome man, who married Such a perpetual chattering above and be- some years since a very plain Scotch lady, low, that the guests themselves cried out an opulent heiress ?" “ Hush !" and in the apartments such remo "That is an ancient aide-de.camp of Napo. vals of furniture and noisy domestic ar- leon's; he is now le premier ecuyer du Duc rangements, that the vociferations for silence d'Orleans. His wife dined yesterday at the in the chapel and tribunes became general. royal banquet in her gloves.' Thus the pretensions to a court existed with « I have no occasion to name the very old out a vestige of that éclat and native noble- man in a peruke of flowing silver white hairs,
bent double with age, with diplomatic fa- | be the impression, ever melancholy, that tigues, and intrigues. He advances slowly, two persons are about to unite their fate, supported by his secretary."
that only death can separate the tomb ! “Oh, no, madame; he is known to all Eu solemn idea, that neither royal posterity rope-homme d'esprit--astute diplomate ; his nor its surrounding pageants can efface epitaph will not be difficult to write-TREIZE from the heart of man. In France, of late SERMENTS. These two words will suffice to years, these royal marriages have a funemake him known, and to pass judgment on real aspect, portentous auguries of dread the numerous events and deeds of his long catastrophes, breathing the contagion of life.”
death, a sacrificial procession to the tomb; “ You are severe, mademoiselle.”
for in France we pass from illusions into “No, madame, I am only just."
illusions, from vehement expressions of At this moment the French lady's attention love and joy, to those of hatred and bloody was attracted towards the altar.
transport. the ceremony of the ring and “ May I believe my eyesight! Is it possi- the allocution of the bishop being termible? I see our pastor! I was assured that nated, the portly curate, his mind fraught he had refused to present himself at this with thoughts of remoter times, reverting court."
to an exiled royal master, advanced to the “Yes,” replied the stranger; "he refused table, took the pen, and opened his vast pato appear as a courtier, but when his duty rish register with all the clerical import. calls, he well knows how to conform to it. ance and grave demeanour of his sacred In spite of all opinions, such is a noble cha- function. The signatures of the bridal pair racter."
by the suite of three benedictions—that of Original, you should say.'
the civil, the Lutheran, and the Roman “ You are so far right, madame, if by that Catholic-become one and indivisible, word you intend to imply unimitated, and his were followed by those of the other memconduct on this occasion arises from his bers of their dynasty, each according to knowledge of men, and the high sense of the their rank. King Leopold only came out importance of his ecclesiastical duties. His of his turn; the Cobourg family, ready to signature as curate of the parish was almost every matrimonial summons, advancing necessary to the act of marriage; he could before they are called. The curate mishave refused his presence, which might have took him for one of the suite, and coolly occasioned a momentary scandal and embar. bade him wait his turn. Madame Adelaide rassment in the royal councils. The curate, advanced the last. The curate recollected as a minister of God's word, preferred a more her in olden times ; on receiving back her peaceful proceeding. Louis Philippe, eager pen, he inquired, drily, “ Madame, have all to avoid all unpleasant contest with the the princes and princesses signed?" church, delegated the bishop to open a kind 6. Yes,” replied Adelaide, with unsuspiof amicable negotiation. The supple bishop cious naïveté. of this diocese waited upon the reverend cu “No more princes nor princesses !" re. rate with the intention of hinting the proprie- iterated the imperturbable priest, with a ty of a temporary absence from his parish; sang froid and tone of irony that were most but the curate opened the audience by sus eloquent. "Then, madame, we may turn taining the dignity of his sacred calling, and the page." his reputation for firmness of character and L'homme treize serments signed with a strength of mind, by bluntly announcing to hand as strong, as firm, as at the comMonseigneur his fixed determination to ap- mencement of his half century of signapear in his official situation as curé de la tures. paroisse de Fontainbleau, and superintend What elements for thought and memory the requisite signatures to be affixed to the in this his last marriage signature ! marriage contract, as he would that of any Louis Philippe thanked the curate, and other of his parishioners. The firm, positive Monsieur le Curé bowed in return to Louis tone of the ecclesiastic intimidated the pri. Philippe, Duc d'Orleans ! mate into silence, who resumed his
back The Orleans dynasty retired from the to the palace without alluding to that part of chapel, when loud talking commenced his mission. Louis Philippe acquiesced in amongst the invited guests, as they fola decision he could not evade. Such is the lowed, nudging and elbowing each other; natural influence of great minds over the the men unceremoniously jostling and littleness of great personages in their present pushing back the ladies, prevailing, by false position.”
force of their arms in placing themselves The courtier bishop united the royal in advance of the more gentle sex; but young couple, and delivered the accustom- who occupies his proper place in this court ed allocution. He eulogised the bride- drama, and in this venerable palace, where groom, his father, mother, his brothers, all are displaced, divested of that politesisters, and his Aunt Adelaide, not forgetting ness that characterised the ancient society those flowers of rhetoric that give an ele- of the land ? gant turn to a phrase, rendering a long Within the palace's extensive circuit, discourse on this hackneyed subject sup- every saloon and avenue recalls incidents portable, without, however, leaving any that lead the mind to rumination. How positive sentiment on the heart, unlessiť was it possible to walk that day beneath