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thence remove to the triumphal arch of Constantine, from which he carried them to his own capital. . ? /They are said to be composed of bronze and gold, which much resembles the famous composition of the Corinthian brass. Although these statues are of an enormous size, they are too diminutive for the vast pile of building which they adorn. The fame remark applies to the entrance gates, of mafly_ iron, which have just been raised by the directions of the sirst consul. The tricolored flag, mounted upon the xentre dome os the palace, is also too small. From ;the court yard I entered the gardens, which are very beautiful, and about seven o'clock in the evening, . form, one of the favorite and fashionable walks of the
- Parisians. They are disposed in regular promenades, in which are many sine casts from the ancient statues, which adorn the hall of antiques, and on each side, are noble orange trees, which grow in vast move- J able cafes i many of these exotics are twenty feet high. Until lately many of the antiques were placed here, but Bonaparte, with his accustomed judgment and veneration, for the arts,, has had them removed into the grand national collection, and has supplied their places by these beautiful copies, amongst
- which I particularly distinguished those of Hippomanes, and Atalanta, for the beauty of their proportions, and the exquisite elucidation of their story..
. fcJHereare also some sine .hssins ;qf wjater,.^ the middle of which are jets d'eau. The gravel walks of thej
gardens are watered every morning In hot weather, and ccntinels are stationed at every avenue, to preserve order: no person is admitted who is thecarrier of a parcel, however small. Here are groups of people to be seen, every morning, reading the prints of the day, in the refreshing coolnes s of the shade. For the use of a chair in the gardens, of which there are some hundreds, the proprietor is thankful for the smallest coin of the republic. At the bottom os the steps, leading to the terrace, in front of the pakee, are some beautiful vases, of an immense size, winch are raised about twelve feet from the ground: in one os them, which was pointed out to me, an un• popular and persecuted Parisian saved nearly all his property, during the revolution. A short time before the massacre of the 10th of August, 1792, when the domiciliary visits became frequent and keen, this man during a dark night, stole? unobserved by the guards, into the garden, with a bag under his arm, containing almost all his treasure; he made his way to the vase, which, from the palace, is on the right hand, next to the Feuillans, and after some difficulty, committed the whole to the capacious bosom of the faithful depository: this done, he retreated in safety ; and when the time of terror was passed, fearful that he should not be able to raise Ids bag from* the deep bottom of the urn^ without a discov ery, which might have rendeied the circumstance suspicious, and perhaps hazardous to him, he presented himself beCHAP. EX.]
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fore the minister of the police, verisied the narrative of the facts, and was placed in the quiet posseffion of his property, which in this manner had remained undisturbed during all that frightful period. From the gardens I went to the exhibition of David's celebrated painting of the suspension, of the battle between the Sabines and the Romans, produced by the wives of the latter rushing, with their children in their arms, between the contending warriors. David is deservedly consideredas the sirst living artist in France, and this splendid picture is worthy of his pencil. If is upon an immense scale. All the Figures (of which there are many) are as large as life. The principal female raising her terrified infant, and the two chief combatants, are inimitable. I. was informed, bygood authority, that the court of Ruffia had offered 7000/. sterling for it, an unexampled price for any modern painting! but that David, who is very rich", felt a reluctance in parting with it, to the emperor, on account of.the climate of Ruffia being unfavorable to color..
From this beautiful painting, I went to pay my respects to Mons. O , who resided at the other end
of Paris, upon whom I had a letter of credit. Upon • my. arriving at his hotel, I was informed by the porter that his master was at his chateau, about ten miles in the country, with his. family,, where he lay ex-tremeiy ill.. Thk nsws rendered itneceflary for me-. to leave Paris for a day and night-atleast...
From Mons. O 1 went to Mr. Perregaux, the
rich banker and legislator, to whom I had letters of introduction. He lives in the Rue Mont Blanc, ft street, the place of residence of the principal bankers, and is next door neighbor to his rival Mons. R , whose lady has occasioned some little conversation. Mons. P—'s hotel is very superb. His chief clerks occupy rooms elegantly sitted up, and decorated with sine paintings. He received me in a very handsome manner, in a beautiful little cabinet, adorned with some excellent and costly paintings. After many polite expreffions from him, I laughingly informed him of the dilemma in which I was placed by the unexpected absence of Mons O i. upon which Mons. P in the most friendly manner
told me that the letters whi«h I had brought were from persons whom he highly esteemed; and that
Mons. O was also his friend; that as it might
prove inconvenient for me to wait upon lam in the country, he begged to have the pleasure os furnishing me with whatever money I wanted, upon my own draughts. I felt this act of politeness and liberality very forcibly, which I of conrfe decsined, as I wished only to take up what money I wanted in a regular manner, but I was desirous of seeing Mons.
O , who was represented to me as a very amiable
man, and his family as elegant and acoomplifhed: I W2£ much charmed with the generous conduct of Mcns. P—.—, from whom I afterwardsxeceived greatCHAP. IX.] IN FRANCE. 103
attentions, and who is much beloved by the English. I felt it a pleasurable duty not to consine the knowledge of sueh an act of liberality to the spot where it was so handsomely manifested. The seffions of the legiflative assembly had closed the day before my arrival, a circumstance I much regretted, as through his means I should have been enabled to have attended their sittings. The bankers of France are immensely rich, and almost command the treasury of the nation. Mons. P , with the well-timed, silent submiffion of the flexible reed, in the fable, has survived the revolutionary storm, which by a good, but guiltless policy, has passed over him, without leaving one stain upon his honorable character, and has operated, like the slime of the Egyptian inundation, only to fructify, and increase his' fortunes. He ones however narrowly eseaped. In the time of Robespierre, the Marquis deChatelet, a few nights before-his execution, attempted to corrupt his guards, and told them, if they would release him, Mons. . F—— would give them a drafs to any amount which they might choose then to name. The centinels rejected the bribe, and informed their sanguinary employer of the. offer, who had the' books of Mons.
P investigated: he Was in no shape concerned'
in the attempted escape; but hearing, with extraordinary swiftness, that, the marquis, whose banker he. had been, and to whom an inconsiderable balances was then due, had implicated him in this manner, he