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The imagmation cannot form such an union o£ grace and strength. During my stay in Paris, I frequently visited this distinguished statue, anddiscoveced fresh subjects of amazement, and admiration as aftesi as I gazed upon it. One of its remarkable beauties, is. its exquisite expreffion of morion. Us aerial appearance perpetually excites the idea of its being unstationary, and unsupported. As it would be a rash and vain attempt to give a complete description of this matchless image, I must, reluctantly, teave it, to inform my reader, that on the other side of theHall are the original Diana (which is wonderfully sine) and several very beautiful Venuses. The Venus de Medicis is not here. There are also some sine whole length statues of Roman magistrates^ in their curule chairs.., .,
In the Temple of the Muses, are exquisite busts of Homer and Socrates. Pliny informs us that the ancient world possessed no original bust of the former. That of the latter seems to have been chisselled to represent the celebrated Athenian before he had obtained his philosophical triumph over those vices, which a distinguished physionomist of his time once imputed to him from the character of his features.
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Bonaparte. Artillery. Mr. Pitt.—Newspapers.—*
Archbishop of Paris.—Consular Colors.—Religion* Consular Conversation.—Madame Bonaparte.—Con* filler Modesty.—Separate Beds.—A Country Scene— Connubial AffeBion.—'Female Bravery.
A LITTLE anecdote is related of Bonaparte, which unfolds the bold, and daring character of this .extraordinary man in early life: when he was about sifteen years of age, and a cadet in the military school at Paris—by the by, the small distance between this seminary and his present palace, and the swiftness of his elevation, afford a curious coincidence—In the vast plain of the Champ de Mars, the court, and the Parisians were assembled to witness the ascent of a balloon. Bonaparte made his way through the crowd, and unperceived, entered the inner fence, which contained the apparatus for inflating the silken globe. It was then very nearly silled, and restrained from its shght by the last cord only. The young cadet requested the aerounaut to permit him to mount the .car with him ; which request was immediately refused, from an apprehension that the feelings of the boy might embarrass the experiment. Bonaparte is reported to have exclaimed, " I am young, it is "true, but I neither fear the power of earth, nor of « air," and sternly added,« willyou let me ascend I"
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The aeronaut, a little offended at his obtrusion, sharp* ly replied, " No, Sir, I will not; I beg that you will « retire." Upon which the little enranged officer, drew a small sabre, which he wore with his uniform, instantly c:ut the balloon in several places, and destroyed the curious apparatus, which the aeronaut had constructed, with insinite labor and ingenuity, for the purpose of trying the pdfEbility of aerial navigation.
Paris was almost unpeopled this day, to view the spectacle. The disappointment of the populace, which was said to have exceeded seven hundred thousand persons, became violent and universal. The king sent to know the reason of the tumult, when the story was related to him, the good humored monarch laughed heartily, and said, « Upon my word that impetuous boy will make a brave officer.'—The devoted king little thought that he was speaking of his successor.—The young offender was put under arrest, and consined for four days.' *
This man is certainly the phenomenon of the present times. It is a circumstance worthy of remark, that the artillery has furnished France with most of its present distinguished heroes, who have also been bred up in the fame military school with Bonaparte. A short time before my arrival at Paris, this great genius, who displays a perfect knowledge of mankind, and particularly of the people over whom he rules, discovered that the Parisians, from a familiarity with his person, and froin his lady and his family haviegj occasionally joined in their parties of amusement, began to Jose that degree of awe and respect for him, which he so well knows how to appreciate, ,as well as to inspire. In consequence of this, he gradually retired from every circle of fashion, and was at this period almost as inacceffible as a Chinese emperor. The /ame line of conduct was also adopted by the principal officers of government. He resided almost wholly at Mai Maison, except on state days, when only those strangers were permitted to be introduced to him, who had satissied the ambassadors of their respective »oations, that they had been previously presented at their courts. If Bonaparte is spared from the stroke of the assassin, or the prætorian caprice of the army for any length of time, he will have it in his power to augment the services which he has already aftbrd•ed to the the republic, by rebuilding the political edisice of France, with many meliorations, for which some materials may be collected from her own ruins, and some from the tried and approved constitutions of other countries. If his ambition will permit him <o discharge this great undertaking faithfully, in a manner uniform with that glory which he has acquired in the sield, and influenced only by the noble detsire of giving rational liberty,and practicable happiness' to the people over whom he sways, they will in return, without jealousy or regret, behold the being to whose wisdom and moderation they will be thus indebted, fed to the highest seat amongst them—they will con
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ftt those sanctions upon his well merited distinction, without which all authority is but disastrous usurpation -—a comet's blaze, flaming in a night of dismay, and fitting in gloom. 'rrr i
• The dignity of such a legiflator will be self maintained, and lasting. Upon' him, the grateful French will confer those unforced, unpurchased suffrages, Which will prevent that fate, which, in their absence, the subtiky of policy, the fascinations of address, the charm of corruption and even the terror of the bayonet can only postpone.—Yes, Bonaparte! millions of fostering beings, raising themselves from the dust, in which a barbarous revolution has parostrated them, look up to thee for liberty, protection, and repose. They will not look to thee in vain. The retiring storm still flashing its lessening flame, and rolling its distant thunders will teach thee, -were it necessary, not to force them to remeaftire their vengeance, by their wrongs. • . .
In Paris, the achievements, of the sirst consul are not much talked of, so true is the old adage, that no man is a hero to his own domestic. The beauties of a colossal statue, must be contemplated at a distance.
The French at present work, walk, eat, drink, and fleep in tranquility, and what is of more Consequence to them, they dance in security, to which may be added; that riieir taxes are neither very heavy, nor oppresive. In every party which I entered, I-found the late, minister of Great Britain was the prevailing M