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little Harriet, whose tears were not yet dried, were in a continual sit of laughter.. The gardener, whose face very largely partook os the gaiety which he had so successfully excited, was commiffioned, by his amiable master j to tell the distressed dairy maid, that love always carried his pardon in his hand for all his offences, and that he cheerful!/ forgave her, but directed the gardener, to prevent a recurrence of similar accidents, not again to trust her with his letters until the tender disease was radically, removed. The rustic orator gracefully bowed and left us to sinish our breakfast with increased good humour, and to carry forgiveness and consolation to poor Marie and. all her condoling friends in the kitchen. Before w& had completed our repast, a little deformed elderly lady made her appearance, whose rtligion had been shaken by the revolution, into a crazy and gloomy superstition.. She had scarcely seated herself, before stie began a very rapid and voluble comment upon the change of the times, and the devastations which the laie extraordinary frost had committed upon the vineyards of France, which stie positively aflerted, with the considence.which the arrival of her tutelar faint with the intelligence ought to have inspired,, was sent as an appropriate judgment upon the republic, to punish it, for suffering the ladies ofParis to go so thinly clothed. Monsieur O——heard her very gatiently throughout, and' theru observedj. that the

ways of Heaven were inscrutable, that human ingenuity was baffled, in attempting to draw inferences from its visitations, and that it did not appear to him at least, that an offence which was assuredly calculated to inspire sensations, of warmth and- tenderness, was appropriately punished by chastisement of an oppor fite tendency, to which he added, that some moralist who indulged in an endeavor to connect causes and effects, might think it rather incompatible with their notions of eternal equity, to endeavor to clothe the ladies, by stripping the land to nakedness->-here thg old lady could not help smiling. Her amicable ad? versary pursued the advantage which his pleasantry had produced, by informing her, that prognosticar tions had been for a long period discountenanced, and that formerly when the ancient augurs, after the ceremonies of their successful illusions were over, met each other by accident in the street, impressed by theridiculous remembrance of their impositions, they cpuid not help laughing in each other's faces. Mad-, ame V»—— laughed too; upon which Monsieur,

.O , very good humoredly told her, that .as %,

soothsayer, she certainly would not have, smiled, unless she intended to retire forever from the office,

Previous to my taking leave of Monsieur O- and

his charming family, we walked in the gardens, where our conversation.turned upon the extraordinary genius, who in the character of sirst consul of the French unites a force, and extent of sway unknown enAp. XIII. In Prance. 151

to the kings of France, from their sirst appearance, ta the sinal extinction of monarchy, i He told me that he had the honor of knowing him with intimacy from his youth, and extolled, with high eulogy, his splendid abilities, and the great services which he had rendered France.. He also related several amiable anecdotes of the minister Talleyrand, who, when in America, had lived with'bim a, considerable time under the seme roof.

At length the cabriolet, which was to bear me. from this little Paradise, approached the gate, and the moment arrived when I wa9 to part with one of the most charming families to be found the bosom of the republic.

As Monsieur O—— pressed me by one hand, and placed that of his little Harriet in my other, a tear of exquisite tenderness rolled down his cheek, it seemed to express that we should never meet again oft this' side the grave* Excellent being! if it must be so, if j wasting and unsparing sickness is destined to tear thee ere long from those who delight thine eye, and soothe-thine heart in the midst of its sorrows, may the angel of peace smile upon thee in thy last moments, and bear thy mild.and generous, and patient spirit, to the realms of eternal repose! Adieu! dear. family of la Reine.

Upon my return to Paris, I proceeded to the. hotel, es.'Monsisur R——. {Jiriosity led me. to view the housef and the celebrated bed of his lady, who was then in London.

The little vanities and eccentricities of this elegant and hospitable woman, will sind immediate forgiveness, when it is known that she is now very young, and was married, when a spoiled child of the age of fourteen to her present husband. She is one of Davids's most enthusiastic admirers, and has carried the rage for Grecian undress, to an extremity, which, even in the capital, left her without a follower.

In the public walks of the Champ Elysees, she one evening presented herself in a dress which almost rivalled the robes of Paradise the Parisians, who are remarkable for their politeness to women, and are not remarkable for scrupulous sentiments of delicacy, were so displeased with her appearance, that they, made a lane to the entrance for her, and expelled the modern Eve from the Elysian Fields, not with a "flaming sword of wrath," but with hisses softly uttered, and by gentle tokens of polite disapprobation. She tells her friends, that her cabinet is crowded with letters of the most impassioned lore, from persons of the sirst fame, distinction, and opulence. In her parties, when conversation begins to pause, she introduces some of these- melting epistles, which she issaid to read with a bewitching pathos, and'never fails to close the fond recital by eipreffions of the tender«st pity for the sufferings of their ill-starred authors. She has declared, that some of her lovers equal th* CHAP. XIII.] IN FRANCE. 153

Belvidere Apollo in beauty, but that she never has yet seen that being, who was perfect enough to be entitled to the posseffion of her affections. Do not smile. Madame R—— is a disciple os Diana, even flander pays incessant homage to her chastity. RuHior has whispered, in every corner of Paris, that her husband is only admitted to the honor of supplying the; sinances of her splendid and costly establishment. Madame R—— has not yet produced any of the beautiful, and eloquent arguments of Cornelia, to disprove the strange assertion. Her chamber, which constitutes one of the lights of Paris, and whieh, after what has been just mentioned, may be justly considered, in or out of France, as a great curiosity, is sitted, up in a style of considerable tastes and even magnisicence. The bed upon which this charming statue reposes, is a superb sofa, raised upon a pedestal, the ascent to which is by a flight of cedar steps, on each side are altars, on which are placed Herculaneuro vases of slowers, and a large antique lamp of gold; the back of the bed is formed by an immense pier glass, and the curtains, which ire of the most costly muflisi, festooned with golden tassels, descend in beautiful drapery from a sloral crown os gold. It is said that the' late emperor of Ruffia, after the laborious and successful diplomatic, intrigue os Mesirs. Talleyrand and Sieyes, and a certain lady, became enamor'ed, by description, with the immarcufete goddess etf Mont Blanc, and that he • fen* considential commit

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