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Paris, intended staying about a month, and then returning to Toulon. He warmly made me an offer of his services, and during my stay here, sent every morning to know if he should attend me as a friendly guide, to conduct me to anyplace which I might wish to fee, or to prevent me from suffering any imposition from tradesmen. His attentions to me vrere always agreeable, and sometimes serviceable, and strongly impressed upon my mind, the policy, as well as the pleasure, of treating every being with civility, even where sirst appearances are not favorable, arid where an expectation of meeting the par again is not probable. In the course of the i" 'v >j introduced to Madame B , who re£ '.. .. !iy p ;rm'uloa
<»£ the sirst consul, in a suite of cleg.uu :t^an.r,,.:»;»:u the Louvre, which have been ir. ed to h?r on account of her merits and genius, and M,: hi ;«-ation of the losses which she has sinUuned by r-fe revolution. In her study she presented m*. -' 1' >
emoiselle T , the then celebrated beauty of ?.u;.. ,
her portrait by David, had afforded much convene tion in the fashionable circles; llie was then copying, with great tastei from the antique, which is generally •the morning's occupation of the French ladies of fashion. She is certainly a very handsome young woman: but I think if the painter of France was to visit a certain western county of England, he would discover as many attractions for the dispky of jais adzah-able 'pencil, as were at this time to be found in the study of Madame B When we left her, Madame B—— asked me what I thought of her; I candidly made the above remark toher,« Ah!" said she, « you should have seen her about a month since, fee "was then the prettiest creature in all Francehow "so, has she suffered from indisposition ? oh no replied Madame B , smilingly, "but a month, you
« know, makes a considerable difference upon the face « of beauty."
I was much obliged to Madame B—, for the remark, which/is greatly within an observation which I frequently made, on the, evanescent nature of youthful beauty. Madame B 's calculations of the
given progress of decay, were eighteen times more swift thanmine. The subject of our conversation, and*he busts by which we were surrounded, naturaiiy led us to talk of the French ladies, and they reminded us, though jlightly, of their present dress.
Madame B , entered into a particular account, of
the decorations of a lady of fashion in France. L have not patience enough to enumerate them here, except that the wife of a fourmfleur will not hesitate paying, from three .to four hundred pounds fora Cachemire shawl, nor from four to sive hundred pounds for a laced gown, nor a much larger siim for diamonds
cut like pearls, and threaded. , Ire this costly manner, does the ingenuity of art, and the prodigality of
wealth do homage to the elegance, of nature. The CHAR.,?.J «,IN IrRAKCE. Ill
entrance to-Madame B——'s apartments seemed at sirst,. a litlie sing(dar and unsuitable, but I soon found thatit was no I'.nuiual circumstance, after grouping through dirty passages, and up silthy staircases to enter a noble hall and splendid rooms. , ., „ Upon leaving Madame B——, I passed the Place
Ide Carousel, and saw the ruins of the houses which suffered by the explosion of the infernal machine, which afforded so much conversation in the world at . the time, by which the sirst consul was intended £0 have been destroyed in his way to the National Institute of Music. This affair has been somewhat involved . in mystery. It is now well known that Monsieur Fauche, at the head of the police, was acquainted with this conspiracy srom its sirst conception, and by his vigilant agents, was informed of the daily progrei's made in the construction os this destructive instrument, of the plan of which he had even a copy. The conspirators proceeded with perfect considence, and as they thought with perfect security. Three days before it was quite completed, and ready for its fell purpose, from some surprise or dread of detection, they changed th«ir place of meeting, and in one night removed the machine from the spot where it had been uluaHy deposited. The penetrating eye of the police lost sight of them. Fauche and his followers exerctfed: their-unrivalled talents for pursuit and discovery to no purpose. The bassled minister then wakedrapoMjionaparte, to whom he had regularly im
parted the result of every day'i information respecting it, and told him that he could no longer trace the traiterous instrument of his assaffination, and requested him as he knew it must be completed by this time, not to goto any public places, until he had regained a knowledge of it. Bonaparte replied, that fear onlyi made cowards, and conspirators brave, and that he had unalterably determined to go with his accustomed equipage to the National Concert that very evervin"\ At the usual hour the sirst consul set off undis
mayed from the Thuilleries ; a description of the machine, which was made to resemble a water cask, being sirst given to the coachman, servants, and guards. As they proceeded the advance guard passed it unobserved, but the coachman discovered it just as the consular carriage was on a parallel with it i instantly the dexterous and faithful charioteer lashed his horses into full speed, and turned the corner of the Rue Marcem. , In one moment aster, the terrible machine exploded,, and covered the street with ruins. The thunder of its discharge shcok the houses of Paris, andwas heard at a considerable distance in the country. The sirst consul arrived in safety at the Hall of Music, and with every appearance of perfect, tranquillity!, entered his box amidst the acclamations of the crowded; multitude. The range of,buildings which was shattered by the explosion, has long offended the eye of taste, and presented a gloomy, and very inconvenientobstruction tp the grand entrance pf the palace. . B&napa^te witlthiSl judgraeot, which converts every event into some good, immediately after this affair, purchased, ttte houses which were damaged, and the-whole of this sceae o£ ruins and rubbish is removing -with all ppffible expedition, to the great improvement of this grand approach.
Whilst I was strolling along the banks osthe Seine, I could not help remarking that it would suffer much by a comparison with the Thames, so sinely described *by Sir John Denham. „. f, . ,.
Though deep, yet clear, though gentle yet not dull; Strong without rage, without o'erflowing full.
The Seine is narrow, and very dirty; its waters, which are sinely siltrated when drawn from the fountains of Paris, produce an aperient effect upon strangers, who are generally cautioned not to drink much of them at a time.
The tide does not reach further than several miles below Paris ; to this cause I can alone attribute, though perhaps the reason is insufsicient, that the river is never rendered gay by the palling, and repassing of beautiful pleasure boats, to the delights of which, the Parisians seem total strangers. Its shores are'fadly dissigured by a number of black, gloomy, and unwieldly sheds, which are erected upon barges for the accommodation of the washerwomen, who, by fcheir mode of washing, which is, by rubbing the linen hi the river Water, and beating it with large flat pieces