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fopha bed, constructed after the French: f«rshio»i which was-very lofty, and' handsome, and very comfortable, I waited upon my acconiplilhed friw«%
Madame H , in- the Rue Florentine. I had5
the honor of knowing her when in England? from very early years ; I found her with her elegant and accomplished daughter, in a suite of large rooms, very handsomely furnished after the antique, which gives to-the present fashionable furniture of France, its form and character. These rooms composed a floor of a noble stone built house, which contained several other families; such is the customary mode of being lodged in the capital. She received me in the most charming manner, and had expected me for some days, previous to my arrival, and was that evening going to her country house at Paffi, a few miles from Paris, whither she pressed me to accompany her, but I declined:. it, on account of the short time which I had before me to spend in Paris. Madame H was not only a beauty, but a woman of wit and learning, and had accordingly admitted V6ltaire amongst the number of her household gods; the arch old cynic, with his deathlike sarcastic face, admirably represented, by a small whole length porcelain statue, occupied the centre of her chimney piece. Upon rinding that I was disposed to rejnain in town, she recommended me to a restaurateur, in the gardens of the Thuilleries, one of the sirst eating housesia Paris, for Society, and entertainment, to the master of which (he sent her servant, with my name, to inform him, iCUe hsd recommended an English i of her acquaintance to his house, and rethat an English servant in his service might ,!Ktte*n,d.f:o me, when I dined there. This was a little yaluahk- civ$ty, tri*ly French. This house has been lately jhu^t under .theauspicesof the sirst consul, srom £ design approved by his own exquisite taste he has .p^nsitte$ the entrance to open into the gardens of .the .consular palaqe. The whole is from a model of .ieme of the little palaces of the Hercuianeum, it is upon a small scale, buitlt of a sine white stone, it consuls a centre, with .3 portico, supported by dork pillars, an.dtw.o long wings. The front is upon the iterrace of ,tbegardeiis,iMid commands an enchanting view of all its beautiful walks and statues. On the -gro.und floor, the house is .divided into three long and .spacious apartments, opening into edch other through centre arches, and which ;are redoubled upon the view, by immense pier glasses at each end. The sirst room is for dinner parties, the next for ices, and the third for coffee. In the middle is a flying stair^ cafe, .lined on each side with orange trees, which aft cends into a suite of upper rooms, all of which are admirably painted after the .taste of Herculaneum, ,and are almqsi.lined with costly pier glasses.
My fair countrywomen would perhaps be a ljttksurprised to be told,, that elegant women, of the sirst dine here with their friends in the public room, a custom which renders the scene delightful, and removes from it the accustomed impreffions of grossness. Upon entering, the guest is presented with a dinner chart, handsomely printed, enumerating the different dishes provided for that day, with their respective prices affixed. All the people who frequent this place are considered highly respectable. The visitor is furnished with ice for his water decanters, with the best attendance at dinner, and with all the English and foreign newspapers. I always dined here when I was not engaged. After parting from Madame H , who intended returning to town the
next day, I went to see the consular guard relieved at the Thuilleries. About sive companies of this distinguished regiment assemble in the gardens, exactly at sive minutes before twelve o'clock, and preceded by their sine band of music march through the hall of the palace, and form the sine in the grand court yard before it, where they are joined by a squadron of horse. Their uniform is blue, with broad white facings.
The consular guard were in a little disgrace, and were not permitted to do the entire duty of the palace at this time, nor during several succeeding days, as a mark of the sirst consul's displeasure, which had been excited by some unguarded expreffion of the common men, respecting his conduct, and which, to the jealous ear of a new created and untried author!ty, sounded like -the tone of disaffection. Only the cavalry were allowed to mount guard, the insane^ were, provisionally, foperceded by a detachment from a sine regiment of huffars. On account of the shortness of this parade, which is always dismissed precisely at ten minutes past twelve o?clock, it is not much attended. The band is very sine, they had a Turkish military instrument, which I never heard before, and was used instead of triangles. It was in the shape of four canojies, like the roofs of Chinese temples, one above another, lessening as they ascended, made of thin plntes of brass, and fringed with very little brass bells, it was supported by a sliding rod which dropped into a handle, out of which, when it was intended to be founded, it was suddenly jerked by the musician, and produced a good effect with the other instruments. The tambour major is remarked for his noble appearance, and for the proportions of his person, which is very handsome : his full dreis uniform on the grand parade is the most splendid thing, I ever beheld. The corps of pioneers who precede the regiment, have a singular appearance. These men are rather above six feet high, and proportionably made, they 'Wear sierce mustachios, and long black beards, lofty bear flein caps, broad white leathern aprons, which almost touch their chins, and over their shoulders csrry enormous hatchets. Their; strange costume seemed to unite the diffimilar charI
asters of high priest, and warrior. They looked like military irtagi. 'The common men made a very martial appearance. Their officers wore English riding boots, which had an unmilitary effect. Paris at present exhibits all the appearances of a city in a state of liege. The consular palace resembles a line of magnissicent barracks, at the balconies, and upon the terraces of which, soldiers are every where to be seen lounging. This palace is partitioned betweea the sirst and second consuls, the third principal magistrate resides in a palace near the Louvre, opposite to the Thuilleries. The four colossal brazen horses, called the Venetian horses, which have been brought from Venice, are mounted upon lofty pedestals, on each side of the gates of the grand court yard of the palace. When the Roman emperor Constantine founded Constantinople, he attached these exquisite statues to the chariot of the Sun in the hippodromus, or circus, and when that capital was taken posseffion of by the Venetian and French crusading armies, in 1206, the Venetians obtained possession of them, amongst many other inestimable curiosities, and placed these horses in four niches over the great door of the church of St. Marco. Respecting their previous history, authors very much differ; some assert that they were cast by the great statuary Lysippus, in Alexander's time, others that they were raised over the triumphal arch of Augustus, others of Nero, and