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had perished in that frightful,contest between infuriated people, and an irresolute sovereign, I will not d^enpon this painful,subject, but dismiss it in the words of the holy and, resigned descendant of Nahor, "J*t that 4*7 darkness} let not God regard, it from abjoye,,neitberJet,#e light frine, up9n its let darkness and the shadow of death, stain it s Let a cloud dwell upon it; let the blackness of the day terrify ft.", .j* ... , , *•& :.:" ,•>.>">
I have before had occasion to notice the promptitude and activity of the French police, under the pentrating eye of Monsieur Fouche. No one can escape* the viglance of this man and his emiuaries. An emigrant of respectability assured me, that when he and: a friend of his waited upon him for their passports to .. enable them to quit Paris sor the south of France, he surprised them by relating to them the names of the i towns, the streets, and of the people with whom they had lodged, at various times during their emigration in England'.. . r ) ' r »4 -1 "/>'. :• I; . -.' ii.« . •'4 n..
Whilst I was at Paris, an affair happened very near the hotel in which I lodged,which in its sequel displayed that high spirit and • sensibility which appear to * form the presiding features in the French character, to which may be attributed all the excesses which have stained, and all the glory which has embellished it< A Jady of fortune, and her only daughter, an elegant and lovely young woman, residing in the Fauxbourg St, Germain. A young man of merit and- accomplish
m«ntfi> but unaided by the i powerfoj pretensions. of suitable .fortune, cherished a pafBon for the .ypung lady, to- whom he had frequent access, on account of his being distantly related-to her. His affection was requited with return; and before the parent suspects ected the attachment, the lovers were solemnly engaged. The indications of pure love are generally too unguarded to escape the keen, observing eye of a cold mercenary mother. She charged her daughteF-with her fondness, and forbade her distracted lover the housel To close up every avenue of hope, she withdrew with her wretched child into Italy, where they remained for two years ;*at the expiration of which, the mother had arranged for her daughter a match more congenial to her own pride and avarice, with an elderly gentleman, who had considerable fortune and property in -the vicinity of Bourdeaux. Every necessary preparation was made for this cruel union, which it was ^determined should be celebrated in Paris, to which city they returned for that purpose. Two days before the marriage was intended to take place, the young lover, wrought up to frenzy by the intelligence of the approaching nuptials, contrived, by bribing the porter whilst the mother was at the opera with her intended son-in-law, to reach the room of the beloved-being from whom he was about to he separated for. ever. Emaciated by grief, presented the mere spectre of what she waswiaenbe last left her. As.sooivas he enrered.t% rcom,heip seseless at her feet, from which state he was roused by the loud sits of her frightful maniac laughter. She stared upon him, like one bewildered. He clasped her with one hand, and with the other drew from his pocket a vial containing double distilled laurel water: he pressed it to her lips^jtotil she had swallowed half os its contents; the remainder he drank himself.— The drug of death soon began to operate.—Clasped in each other's arms pale and expiring, they reviewed their hard fate, and, in faint and lessening sentences, implored of the God of mercy, that he would pardon them for what they had done, and that he would receive their spirits into his regions of eternal repose; that he would be pleased, in his divine goodness, to forgive the misjudging severity which had driven them to despair, and would support the unconscious author of it, under the heavy afflictions which their disastrous deaths would occasion. They had scarcely sinished their prayer, when they heard footsteps approaching the room. Madame R——, who had been indisposed »t ths opera, returned home before the conclusion, with the intended bridegroom. The ycung man awoke, as it were, from his deadly drowsiness, and, exerting his last strength, pulled from his breast a dagger, stabbed the expiring being, upon whom he doated to the heart; and, falling upon her body, gave himself several mortal wounds. The door opened; the . frantic mother appeared. All the house was in an Instant alarmed; and the fatal explanation which furW
nisiied the materials of this short zM fad recital, wa3 taken from the lips of the dying lover, who had scarcely sinished it before he breathed his last. Two days afterwards, the story was hawked about the streets.
From this painful narrative, in which the Trench i.npetuosity is strongly depicted, I must turn to mention my visit to Mons. Ie G——, who lives in the Rue Florentine, and is considered to be one of the sirst architects in France; in. which are many monuments of his taste and elegance. It is a curious circumstance that all artists exercise their talents more successfully for their patrons than for themselves. Whether it is the hope of a more substantial reward than that of mere self-complacency, which usually excites the mind to its happiest exertions, I will not pretend to determine i but the point seems to be in some degree settled by the conduct of a celebrated Bath physician of whom it is related, that happening once to suffer under a malady from which as his skill had frequently relieved others, he determined to prescribe for himself. The recipe at sirst had not the desired effect. The doctorwas surprised. At last he recollected that he ha * not feed himself. Upon making this discovery, he drew the strings of his purse, and with his left hand placed' a guinea in his right, and then prescribed. The story concludes by informing its readers, that the prescription succeeded, and the doctor recovered.—In adorning the front of his own hotel, Mons. le G - ~> in my very humble opinion, has not exhibited his
accustomed powers. In a small confmed court-yard he has attempted to give to a private dwelling the appearance of one of those vast temples of which he became enamored when at Athens. The roof is supported by two massy fluted pilastres, which in size are calculated to bear the burden of some prodigious dome. The muscular powers of Hercules seem to be here exercised in raising a grasshopper from the ground.
The genius of Mons. le G , unlike the world's
charity, does not begin at home, but seems more disposed to display its most successful energies abroad. His roof, however, contains such a monument of his goodness and generosity, that I must not pass it over. This distinguished architect is one of those unfortunate beings who have been decreed to taste the bitterness, very soon aster the sweets of 'matrimony. Upon discovering the insidelity of his Jady who is very pretty and preposseffing, the distracted husband immediately sought a divorce from the laws of his country. This affair happened a very short time before the revolution afforded unusual acceleration and facilities to the wishes of parties, who, under similar circumstances, wished to get rid of each other as soon as poffible. The then "law's delay" afforded some
cause of vexation to Mons. le G , who was deep-.
ly injured. Before his suit had passed through its last forms, the father of his wife, who at the time of their marriage lived in great asfluence, became a bankrupt. In the vortex of his failure, all the means of support