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- The cells of the Bastile were constantly silled, during the syren reign of la Pompadour over the gloomy affections of Lewis XV. , . ..
The overthrow of this dungeon has not rendered state prisons out of fashionin the republic, although it has mitigated the severity of their internal government. The towers, of the Tempi*, look down upon, the prostrate ruins of the Bastille.;
From this memorable spot of ground, I went to the Observatory. In the rooms, which open, upon an artisicial terrace, were some prodigious astronomical apparatus. A very ingenious frame was then constructing, for elevating, or tlepreffing the astronomer, and the telescope at the £upe time, by an easy, and simple process of machinery. The Observatory is a nsble building, and contains, libraries, students'rocjmsi and
'apartments for the various artisicers^ and machinists, who are occupied in fabricating the apparatus, ani
r instruments, necessary to the science of astronomy. From the exterior of th« dome, there is a sine view of
i the city sarburbsi aud country^
From the Observatory, I;, .visited: tie; Conservative Senate, formerly the Palac* of tjixembo'urg. Th*
coatfed wish a cement is then placed upon it, to which, it adheres, and presents all the appearance of having been originally painted upon it. The pictures from the subject of St. Bruno, were then undergoing this operation. *.-V A' ^ .
: The apartments in which these people were at work, presented very convincing indications of the mutability of human ambition.
. This palace was allotted to the celebrated Council of Five Hundred. During their ephemeral reign, these very rooms were designed for their halls of audience, and levees, the rich mouldings, and cornices of which were half gilt, and covered with silver paper to preserve them: the poor council were never indulged in a house warming. ,'».'. •
The pictures, which were collected by Henry IV. and deposited in the gallery there, which bears his name, are faid to be valuable. I did not fee them, on account of their having been removed into store rooms during the repairs of the palace.
. It was late when I left the Luxembourg, and somewhat exhausted for want of refreshment, I determined Upon dining at the sirst restaurateur's which I could meet with, instead of going to the Gardens of the Thuilleries. To sind such an accommodation in Paris, is no dissicult thing. A stranger would naturally suppose, from the frequency with which the wordscaffe, limonade, and restaurateur present themselves tor the eye, that three parts of the inhabitants had turne'4 i, •'
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their talents to the valuable study of relieving the cravings of an empty stomach. 1it
I had not moved three yards down the Rue de Tournon, before, on my left, I saw the welcome botfrd v>hich, in large golden characters announced the very best entertainment within. At this moment, the celebrated picture of the banquet of the Louvre, could scarcely have afforded me more delight. I had an excellent dinner, \v)ne and fruit for sour livreSi i In the course of my repast, I begged that a knife, might be permitted to aid the services of a three pronged silver fork, which graced my plate on the left. After rather a laborious search, my wishes were gratisied by an instrument, which certainly was entitled to the name of one, but was assuredly not the handsomest of its species. Whether there had been any dispute between the handle, and the blade 1 know not, but there Were very evident appearances of an approaching separation. Not wishing to augment the rapture, between • two personages so necessary to each others service, and to those who were to be benositted by it, I begged of my fair hostess, who, with two pretty girls (lies daughters,) were picking the stalks from some strawberries, which 'Were intended for my desert, at the other end Of the room, that she would favor me with .another knife. The Maitresse d'hotel, who had a pair Os sine dark e*prefllve eyes, very archly said, "Why "would you wish to change it, Sir ? it is an Snglish u one." ft <ertainly looked like one; no coirio'; • T
.merit could neater. Whether I gave it too great a latitude of interpretation, I will not pretend to fay, but it led me into such a train of happy comparative thinking, that I ate my dinner with it very comfortably without saying another word. I have since thought that the Maitresse d'hotel had not another knife in her house, but what was in use. •.; _:t .•.
- In France, I have before had occasion to remark, that fanciful notions of exceffive delicacy, are not permitted to interfere with comfort, and c&nvenience. Amongst these people, every thing turns upon the principle of accommodation. To this motive I attribute the frequent exhibition, over the doors of respectable looking houses, in the fashionable walks, and in different parts of Paris, of the following characters, 11 Commodites pour Hommes, et Femmes." An Englilh prude would start to read these words. I mention this circumstance, for the purpose of communicating some idea of the people, convinced, aS well I am, that it is only by detail, that we can become acquainted with the peculiar characteristics of any community.
I very often passed by the' ci-devant Hall of the National Convention; in which the hapless king and queen were doomed to the scaffold, where murder was legitimated, religion denounced, and the grave decl ared to be the bed of eternal repose. 0
In vindication of the ways of eternal justice, evea upon earth, this polluted pile is participating the fate of its devoted members. ;• **' ,'