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public cerersonials, relative to the demise of the late, and the acknowledgment of the reigning monarch ; matters, which, like many otliers, derive their importance from antiquity and forms: the Puke of Ołleans upon this occasion refused to attend, or to act in any manner in conjunction with the new parliament, and wrote a letter to the king, in which he specified his reasons for th:s refusal, and justified his conduct in so doing. This unexpected proceeding exceedingly disgusted the court; and this disgust was probably increased by the uncertainty of the effect which this example might have upon the other princes of the blood. The Duke of Orleans, and his son, the Duke of Charties, were accordingly in disgrace, and received a. order not to appear any more at court. The other princes, in general, attended the ceremonial ; the Prince of Conde having found a salvo for his scruples, by a distinction, that he did not act in consequence of his title or blood, but officially, as grand matter of the king's houshold. The Duke of Bourbon seems to have supplied the place of the Duke of Orleans, by going through those parts of the ceremonial, which were allotted to the first prince of the blood. This incident increased the general discontent, and the condućt of the court became so mysterious, that the nation began to despair. It seems, indeed, that the king and his council were far from being determined in their resolution, on a subject which so much agitated the public, and that the restoration of the parliaments was for a long time very problematical. It happened, as it is reported, that the king, of an evening, took the air in his coach, upon the Boulevards, or an– tient ramparts of the city of Paris, which are now converted into a place of walking, amusement, and festivity, for the inhabitants of that metropolis. Instead of the joyful acclamations, which had hitherto surrounded him upon every public occasion, he now found an awful and profound filence to prevail wherever he appeared, and saw dejection and discontent fircrgy painted in every countenance. This sudden change in the sentiments of his subjects, natually affected

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