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journal can be effected in the dissolute and. uneoatrolled habits of that gay and voluptuous city. I do not mean, from any previous remark which I have Biade, to infer that there are not many good and very , pious people in France, and it has been a favorable circumstance to the ancient religion of the country, that the revolution never attempted any reform in it,
•r to substitute another mode of worship. That
great political change in the ebullition of its fury, prostrated the altars of the old church, wkhont raising others of a new, or improved construction. It presented a hideous rebellion against the glorious author •fall good, and declared an indiscriminate war of extermination against his ministers and followers, and every principle of the Gospel and morality. Every form of faith, every mode of adoration, fell indiscriminately under the proscriptions of its unsparing wrath. The towering abbey and humble oratory, were aflfcte swept away in the general tornado, and mingled their ruins together. But the race of the good were not all expelled from this scene of havoc and outrage. The voice of piety still found a passage to her God. The silent prayer pierced through the compact covering of the dungeon, and ascended to Heaven. Within the embowering unsearchable recesses of the foul, far beyond the reach of revolutionary persecution, ? the pure unappalled spirit of devotion erected her viewless temple, in secret magnisicence, sublime, pmd •nassailable! .„t*«L' The child who had never heard the bell oi the Sab
. bath sound, who' had never beheld the solemn ceremonies of authorised adoration, was told that those awful and splendid piles, which silled his eyes with
'wonder, and his-mind with instinctive reverence, were raised for other purposes than those of becoming auxiliary to the ferocity of war- That genius and taste, and toil and. cost, had not thus expended their unrivalled powers, and lavished their munisicent resources, in erecting gotbic magazines of gunpowder, and saxcn. sheds for the accommodation of atheistic fabricators of revolutionary cannon balls
The young observer in private, and by stealth imbibed from parental precept or example, the fentimentof a national religion, suppressed, not extinguished, or
.in the gloomy absence of all indications of it,-remained unsolicitedby any rivalmode of worship to best"ow his apostacy upon.an alien creed i Thu* the minds of
'the rising generation, who were engaged in favor of the catholic persuasion, during-the frightful period of its long denunciation, by. stolen* secluded and unsinished displays of its spirit and form, contemplated its, return with animated elation,.or beheld its approach,, unimpressed with those doubts or prejudices which religious, as well as secular competitions, very frequently excite ; in that auspicious hour, when the'polky, if not ihe piety of a powerful government, restored it to the French people. The subject is highly interesting; but Imust resign itto -abler pens, formore. ample, discuffion..
I was much gratisied by being presented to the telebrated philosopher Mons. Charles, by Madame S— He has a suite of noble apartments in the Louvre^ which have been bestowed updn him by the government, as a grateful reward for his having presented to the nation lfls magnisicent collection of philosophy ical apparatus. He has also, in consideration of his ability aud experience, been constituted the principal lecturer on philosophy. In these rooms his valuable and costly donation is arranged. In the icentre of the dome of the sirst apartment, called the Hall of Electricity, is suspended the car of the sirst balloon Which was inflated with inflammable air, in which he and: his brother ascended in the afternoon of the 1st c*f, Pecember, 1783^ in which they continued in the air for an hour and three quarters; and after they had descended, Mons. C. rose alone to the astonishing height of 10,500 feet. In the same room are, immense; electrical machines and batteries, some of which had been presented to him by Madame S . .
In this room, amongst many other fanciful sigures-: which are1 used for the purpose of enlivening the solemnity of a philosophical lecture by exciting senti- , mfints of innocent gaiety, was alittle Cupid. The tiny god, with his arrow in his hand, was insulated upon a. throne of glass, and was charged with that electric fluid which not a little resembles,the subtle spirit of his nature. The yoangest daughter of Madame S w,, » who accompanied us, was requested to.touch it. In a moment it discharged, its penetrating spark~
"(Mil how that little god has alarmed me V said the recoiling fair one, whose youthful countenance surprise had inrbued with new beauties; "but yet," said fee, recovering herself, P he does not hurt." This little TaUy may be considered as a specimen of that play
the French female,,
In the centre of another room, dedicated to optics, as We entered, we saw & beautiful nosegay in a vase, Which appeared to be composed of the rarest flowers. I approached it with an intention of inhaling its frag-' ranee, when, lo! my hand pasted through it. It was an exquisite opticaHUusion. » Ah 1" said my elegant
and moralising companion, Madame S— , sensing,
"aaf rochflowefs has Happiness composed her wreath; "itie thus she gladdens with it the eye of Hope; **; hut the hand of Expectation can never grasp it.''
The graceful moral deserves a more lasting record
In the other rooms are all forts of apparatus for trying experiments in the various branches of that department of science, over Which Mons. C——.& abry presides.
The merit of Mons. C—— has no rival but in his. modesty. Considering the rank and estimation which, he bears in the republic, his external appearance is singularly uhasiuming. I have been with him in the gardens of the Thuilleries, when they were thronged .«i«k the fashion and gaiety of Paris, whe*e he has appeared in a suit of plain brown cloth, an old roun d hat with a little national cockade m it, under which he presented a countenance full of character, talent and animation. In this homely puritan garb, he excited more respectful curiosity, wherever he moved, than feme generals who paraded before us in dresses upon which the tailor and embroiderer had long labored, and who added to their stature by laced hats entirely silled with gaudy buoyant plumes. - .
From Mons. Charles we went to the church of St. Rocque, in the Rue St. Honore. As we entered, the effect of a sine painting of cur Saviour crucisied, upon which the fun was shining with great glory, placed at the extremity of the church, and seen through several lessening arches of faint, increasing shade, was. very grand. This church has been more than once the scene of revolutionary carnage. Its elegant front is much dissigured, and the doors are perforated, in a great number of places, by the ball of cannon and the shot of musketry. Mass was performing in.the church i but we saw only few wo»shippers, and those were chiefly old women and lit-tie girls. * •: i
From St. Rocque we proceeded'to the Hctel des Invalides, the chapel and dome of which are so juftly celebrated. The front is inferior to the military hospital at Chelsea, to which-it bears fome resem*. blance. The chapel is converted into the Hall of Victory, in which, with great taste, are suspended, .