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August 30th, eleven in the evening time before had sent in his resignation as They brought a man of about eighty years deputy. old to sleep in the prison. The next morning he proved to be the Sieur Ca
CHAP. IIJ. zotte, author of Olivier and the Diable Amoreux. The gaiety of this old man, COMMENCEMENT OF MY AGONY OF though somewbat silly, and his facon de
THIRTY-EIGHT HOURS. parler orientale, diverted our ennui. He set himself seriously to persuade us, by the
Sunday, September 21.-The jailos history of Cain and Abel, that we were
brought our dinner earlier than usual. His far happier than those who enjoyed their
wild air and haggard eyes (son air effacé liberty, and wished to force us to allow
ses yeux hagards) made us forebode some
evil. He returned at two-we surroundthat our situation was a fulfilment of the
ed him, but he was deaf to all our inApocalypse, &c. I a little disconcerted him, by observing that a belief in predes- quiries, and after he had collected all the tination would be more comforting than knives, (as was his custom,) which we were his doctrine. Two gendarmes, who came
required to lay on our plates, he roughly
turned out the sick nurse of a Swiss offito carry him to the tribunal, put an end to our discussion.
cer, who had been wounded on the tenth
of August. I lost no time in procuring such attes. tations as might be of use to me, by prove the people were making in the street, was
Half-past two.—A frightful noise which ing the truth of what I advanced in my fearfully increased by the drums beating memorial; in doing which I was assisted by a friend, such a friend as is rarely to be
to arms, by three discharges of cannon, met with, for wbilst my companions in
and by the toscin, which was sounded on misfortune were forsaken by theirs, he
every side. In this moment of terror we worked day and night to serve me, for
saw three coaches pass, escorted by an
immense crowd of Parisians, men and getting that in a moment of commotion and distrust he might run the same hazard
women shouting " à la Force ! à la Force!" as myself, rendering himself suspected
by which we were not aware was the signal taking an interest in one that was. No.
of sending victims to their death. They thing restrained him, and he has tho
carried their prisoners to the cloisters of roughly proved to me the truth of the pro. into prisons for the priests. Immediately
the Abbaye, which they had converted verb-“ Adversity is the touchstone of
afterwards we heard them say that they friendship.”—To his exertions and zeal I am principally indebted for life, and I had just massacred the bishops, and other
ecclesiastics, who had been penned up owe it to the public, to myself, and to the truth, to name this courageous man-it is
About four o'clock. The heart-rending M. T'esseir, merchant, in the Rue Croix des Petits-Champs.
cries of some person whom they were The last day of Augast recalled to my
hacking with sabres drew us to the win
dow of the little tower, and we saw oppomemory the cruel situation in which I was
site the door of our prison, the body of a placed at the affair of Nancy. I set my mind to compare the risks I was now
man lying dead on the pavement. A morunning, with those in which I was placed, (et ainsi de suite) and continued their
ment afterwards they massacred another, when the army, composed of the Regi, work. It is utterly impossible to express ments du Roi, de Mestre-de Camp, and Chateauvieux, and of some battalions of which reigned during these executions:
the horror of the deep and solemn silence National Guards, appointed me their
Ge- it was only interrupted by the cries of the neral, and compelled me to lead them to Luneville, to rescue General Malseigne they gave them on the head. The instant
victims, and by the sabre blows which from the Carbineers.
September 1st.—They set at liberty they were struck down a murmur of apthree of our fellow prisoners, who were
plause was raised, followed by cries of
« Vive la nation!" a thousand times more much less surprised at their liberation than they had been at their arrest, for they were
appalling to us than the borrors of si
lence *. the most zealous patriots of their sections. They also liberated some others, who had been confined in an adjoining room ; * Read these words, Advocates of liberté amongst whom was M. de Jaucourt, meni. egalité ou le mort.-" Il est de toute imber of the Legislative Assembly, who some possibilité d'exprimer l'horreur du profond
In the interval between two massacres was casting her light, between the shadows we heard them say under our windows, of the triple bars of our windows *. But “Not a single map of them must escape : soon the cries of fresh victims renewed we must kill them all, and especially those our former agitation, and recalled to us in the Chapel, where there are none but the last words which M. Chantreine spoke conspirators." It was of us they were as he planged the knife into his heartspeaking, and I think it unnecessary to “ We are all destined to be massacred." affirm, that we envied the happiness of Midnight.— Ten men, with swords in those who were confined in the darkest their hands, led by two jailors, bearing dungeons. We were racked by every torches, came into our prison, and ordered sort of frightful anticipation which could us to place ourselves each at the foot of his tear us from our mournful reflections. bed. After they had counted us, they told
Five o'clock.--An instant of silence in us that we were answerable for one anothe street was broken by the noise which ther, and swore that if one of us escaped, arose in the interior of the prison. Mauy we should all be put to death, without voices called loudly for M. Cazotte: im- being heard by Monsieur le President. mediately afterwards we heard a crowd of These last words gave us a ray of hope, persons passing on the stairs and speak for bitherto we had not known that we ing in a loud voice, the clashing of arms, should be heard. and cries of men and women. It was the
Monday, September 3d, two o'clock in old man, followed by his daughter, whom the morning.–They forced open one of they were dragging along. When he got the doors of the prison, by repeated blows. out of the prison door, this courageous We thought at first that it was the door of daughter threw herself on the neck of her our dungeon which they were forcing, in father. The people, touched by this sight, order to come and murder us in our demanded his pardon, and obtained it. rooms; but we were a little re-assured
About seven o'clock.-Two men enter- on hearing it said on the stairs, that it was ed, with swords in their bloody hands, the door of a dangeon in which some priconducted by a 'jailor, who bore a torch, soners had barricaded themselves. A litand pointed to the bed of the unfortunate tle after we learnt that they had butchered Reding. In that dreadful moment I grasp- all whom they found there. ed his hand, and strove to support him. One Ten o'clock. The Abbé l'Enfant, conof the men made a motion to raise him, fessor to the king, and the Abbé de Chaptbut the unhappy man prevented bim, say- Rastignac appeared in the pulpit of the ing with a dying voice,“ Stay, Monsieur, I Chapel (which served us for a prison,) bave suffered enough: I fear not death. into which they had come by a door openI beseech you give it me here.” At these ing from the stairs. They told us that our words the man becane immovable, but last hour approached, and exhorted as to his comrade, by a look and by saying, " Al- assemble together to receive their blessing. lons donc," decided him: he lifted the A sort of electric impulse, which cannot prisoner up, put him on his shoulders, and
be defined, forced us all to fall on our carried lim into the street, where he re- knees, and with clasped hands we received ceived his death. My eyes are so full of it. That moment, although consoling, was tears that I cannot see what I write, (J'ai
(there is a word omitles yeux si plains de larmes que je ne vois ted in the original) that we ever experiplus ce que j'ecri). We looked on one enced. At the eve of appearing in the another without uttering a word; we
one of the
presence of the Supreme Being, and bendgrasped each other's hands, and embraced ing before his ministers, we presented a one ar other. Motionless, in mournful picture not to be described. The age of silence, and with fixed eyes, we gazed on those two old men; their position above the floor of our prison, on which the moon
us; death itself hovering over our heads,
et sombre silence qui regnait pendant ces executions : il n'etait interrompu que par
* “ Nous nous regardions sans proferer les cris de ceux qu'on immolait et par les une parolle ; nous nous serrions les mains, coups de sabre qu'on leur donnait sur la nous nous embrassions....Immobiles, dans tête. Aussitot qu'ils etaient terassés, il un morne silence et les yeux fixes, nous s'elevaient un murmure enforcé par des regardions le pavé de notre prison, que la cris de vive la nation! mille fois plus lune éclairait dans l'intervalle de l'ombre affrayans pour nous que l'horreur du si- formée par les triples barreaux de dos lence."-Translator.
and surrounding us on every side, gave to
Two o'clock.--A proclamation was made, that ceremony an imposing and mournful which the people appeared to receive uncolouring. It drew us near to the Deity, favourably. Immediately afterwards some and it inspired us with fresh courage. persons, either from curiosity, or froin a beAll reasoning was suspended, and the nevolent desire perbaps wishing to point out most cold, and most incredulous, received to us means of saving ourselves, placed a from it as strong an impression as the most ladder against the window of our room: ardent and feeling. One half hour after but they were bindered from mounting it, these two priests were inassacred, and we by cries of “ Down with it-down with it heard their cries !
--it is to supply them with arms."--(A bas! What must that man be who will read a bas c'est pour leur porter des armes.) Al the following details without his eyes fill. the tortures of the most devouring thirst ing with tears, and without experiencing were added to the agonies which we were the contractions and the shudderings of undergoing every moment. At last our jailor, death (les crispations et les fremisements Bertrand, appeared by himself, and we prede la mort)? Of what nature is he whose vailed on him to bring us a jug of water, hair will not stand an end from terror ? We drank it with the more eagerness, as
Our most important employment was to twenty-six lours bad elapsed, during learn what posture we should take in order which we had not been able to obtain a to receive death withi as little pain as pos. drop. We spoke of that neglect to a Fe. sible, when we went to the place of mas- derée, who came with other persons to
We sent some of our comrades, visit our prison. He was so indignant at from time to time, to the window of the it, that he demanded the name of the jailor, little tower, to inform us what position assuring us that he would have him put to was taken by the unhappy beings whom death. He would have done as he had they sacrificed, that we might calculate said : and it was not until after many supplifrom their report how to prepare our- cations that we obtained his pardon. This selves. They told us, that those who little relief was soon disturbed by cries of stretched out their liauds suffered for a distress which we heard above us, Permuch longer time, because the blows of ceiving that they came from the gallery, the sword were weakened before they fell we informed all who passed on the stairs of on the head: that there were even some what we heard. At last some one got whose hands and arms fell to the ground into the pulpit, and told us that it was a before their bodies; and that those who young officer, who bad given himself many placed them behind their back would suf- wounds, none of which was mortal, befer much less. Eh bien! it was on these cause the blade of the knife which he used horrible details that we deliberated—we being rounded, could not penetrate. This calculated the advantages of this latter only served to basten the mounent of his posture, and counselled one another to execution. adopt it, when our turn to be murdered Eight o'clock.— The ferment of the should conc.
people began to subside, and we beard About mid-day, overwhelmed by an agi- many voicees cry“ Pardon! pardon! for tation more than nature could sustain, ab- those who remain." These words were but sorbed in reflections, the horror of which weakly applauded; still a dawn of hope is inexpressible, I threw myself on a bed, broke on us: some even thought their de and slept profoundly. Every thing con- liverance so near, that they had already vinces me that I owe my life to that brief got-their bundles under their arms. But period of sleep. I dreamed that I was ap- soon fresh cries of death replunged us into pearing before the fearful tribunal which
our agony. was to judge me; that they listened to me I had formed an intimate acqnaintance with attention, in spite of the frightful with M. Maussaibe, whom they had arrestsound of the tocsin, and cries which I ed solely because he had been aide-de-camp thought I heard. When my defence was to M. Brissac. He had given frequent finished, I thonght that they set me at li- proofs of courage, but now the fear of beberty. This dream made so favourable an ing assassinated, lui avait compimé le impression on my mind, that it entirely dissipated my anxieties, and I awoke with a presentiment that it would be realized. I * This was the fault of circumstances, recounted the particulars of it to my com- and not that of our jailor, nor the porter, panions in misfortune, who were astonish- citizen Lavaquerie, who, during the period ed at the assurance I preserved from that that I was detained in the Abbaye, fulmoment up to the very one on which I filled the duties which humanity imposes appeared before my terrible judges. on an upright man.--Note by the Author.
cænr. I had, however, succeeded in dis- judge two; one of whom, a purveyor to sipating his agitation a little, when he the king, accused of belonging to the concame and threw himself into my arms, spiracy of the tenth of Angust, was con.. saying, “ Mon ami, je juis perdu. Je demned and executed. The other, who viens d'entendre mon nom dans la rue." In wept and uttered only broken words, was vain I suggested to him that it was, per- already stripped, and going “ a la Force," haps, some persons who interested them- when he was recognized by a workman of selves in his safety; and that fear could do Paris, who swore that they mistook him him no good, and might destroy him. All for another person. He was detained for expostulation was in vain : he had lost his pore full information, and I have learved senses to such a degree, that, not finding a since that he was proclaimed innocent. place to conceal himself in the chapel, he What I had just seen was a ray of light, got into the chimney of the sacristy, where as to the turn I ought to give to my dehe was stopped by the cross bars, which fence. I returned to the second door, he had even the folly to attempt to break where I saw some prisoners they had just with his head. We begged him to come brought in. I begged my Provençal friend down, and after much difficulty persuaded to procure me a glass of wine. He was him ; but his reason never returned. This going to procure it, when they told him to was the cause of his death, of which I shall carry me back into the Chapel, to which I speak presently. The Sieur Emard, who returned, without having been able to disthe evening before had given me instruc- cover their reason for having brought us tions to make his will, communicated to out of it. I found there ten new prime the reasons for which they had arrested soners, who replaced five of us that had him. They appeared to me so unjust, that been already judged. I had no time to lose to give him a proof of my conviction that in composing a new memorial, and was he would not be put to death, I gave bim setting to work at it, fully convinced that a silver medal, begging him to keep it, and firmness and frankness could alone save return it to me in ten years. If he reads me, when I saw my Provençal friend rethis article he will remember his promise. turn; who, after having said to the jailor, If we have not seen one another, it is not « Just turn the key of the door, and my fault: for I knew not where to find wait for me without,"'- came to me, him, and he knows where I am to be and said, “ I am come for you. Here's found,
the wine for which you asked me-Drink." Eleven o'clock. Ten men, armed with I had drunk more than half of it, when swords and pistols, having ordered us to he put his hand on the bottle, and said place ourselves in a line, escorted us to “ Hold—what a hurry you are in, my the second door, close to that where the friend! I want some for myself. Here's to tribunal was to judge us.
your health.-I can't stay long with you; caŭtion I approached one of the sentinels but remember what I said. If you are a who guarded us, and by degrees succeeded priest, or a conspirator of the palace of in entering into conversation with him. Monsieur Veto, you are a ruined man; This man informed me, in a dialect which but if you are not a traitor, never fear; Í showed that he was a native of Provence, or answer for your life.” Languedoc, that he had served eight years; “ Ah, my friend, I am very sure that I in the regiment of the Lyonese. I spoke am not accused of any thing of that sort; his native dialect to him. This appear- but I pass for somewbat of an aristocrat." ed to give him pleasure; and the interest “ That is nothing: the judges know which I felt in pleasing him, gave me a Pro- that there are worthy men of all sorts. The vençal eloquence so persuasive, that I suc- president is himself a worthy man, and no ceeded in gaining his good-will to such a de- fool.” gree, as to draw from him these words, “ Do me the kindness to beg the judges which it is impossible to estimate without to give me a hearing. That is all I ask of having been in the dungeon where I was : them." “ I don't know yon, but still I can't think “ You shall have it. I answer for it. that you can be a traitor-far from that, I Now then, good bye, my friend. Take believe you to be a good fellow." I taxed my courage. I am going to my post; and will imagination for every thing which it could try to make your turn come as soon as I furnish me in order to confirm him in can. Shake liands : I love you with all my this good opinion, and succeeded so well, heart." that I moreover obtained from him permis- We shook hands, and he went out. sion to enter through the fearful door, to A man must have been a prisoner in the see them judge a prisoner. I saw them Abbaye, on the third of September, in 1792, to feel the influence which this short Mrs. Tilt, made their first commaconversation had on my hopes, and how nion in the Catholic church, having much it reanimated them. About midnight.—The dreadful tumult
previously renounced the errors of which had not ceased for the last thirty-six Protestantism and embraced the Cahours, began to subside. We thought that tholic faith, onr judges, and their executive power,
“This determination of Mr. Tilt, (it was thus that they called the execu- who is a gentleman of most amiable tions,) would not judge us till they had
manders and extensive erudition, as taken some rest. We were employed in
well as that of Mrs. Tilt, was made arranging our beds, when a new proclamation was made, which was generally
after two years deep consideration booted, A little afterwards a man request
and study, and at the expense of ed a hearing from the people, and we dis- every worldly prospect for themselves tinctly heard him say, " The priests, and and family, three very fine youths *. the rest of the conspirators, have crossed But such is the force of truth-such the liands of the judges: this is the reason her fascinating beauties,—that she that they do not judge them.” Hardly had
is no sooner discerned by the sincere he ceased speaking, when it seemed to us that he was knocked down. The agitation seeker, than every obstacle of pecuof the people rose to a frightful violence, niary interest or social comfort is and the tumult was increasing every mo- removed, and her precepts are enment, when they came to fetch M. Défou- braced with cheerfulness and at all taine, formerly a Garde-du-corps, whose risks. How different from those death cries we soon afterwards heard
conversions from Popery that are (dont bientôt après nons entendimes les cris de mort.) A little after this they tore
trumpeted forth by the fanatical and
interested adherents of error. from our arms two more of our comrades,
Mr. which made me foresee that my fatal hour Tilt had to relinquish every prospect approached. At last, on Tuesday, at one of promotion in his former profes. o'clock in the morning, after having suf- sion; Mrs. Tilt had before her the fered an agony of thirty-seven hours, to loss of all her domestic comforts, which even death cannot be compared save that of her partner's love; her after having drunk a thousand and a thou
husband not only bereft of prefersand times the cup of bitterness, the door of my prison is opened: I am called. . I ment, but the world to seek anew; appear. Three men seize me, and drag
her children's welfare, in a temporal me to the frightful dungeon.
view, blighted ; yet with all these (To be continued.)
difficulties-braving every sort of
the light of faith, and may God re. CONVERSION OF THE REV. JOHN
ward thein for the heroic sacrifice TILT TO THE ROMAN CATHO- they have made. We have heard LIC PROFESSION
CHRIS- that Mr. Tilt attributes his converTIANITY.
sion chiefly to the miracle wrought
at the intercession of Prince HoIn a publication entitled “The Or- henlohe on Miss O'Connor, which thodox Journal and Monthly Ca- affected him so strongly, that he betholic Intelligencer, for August, gan to examine the doctrines of the 1824,” we meet with the following church of which he was a minister, interesting narrative :
and the doctrines of the church to “ On Sunday, the 15th instant, which she was opposed, and at being the feast of the Assumption of the blessed Virgin Mary, the Rev. John Tilt, Curate and Lecturer of the * There is not a little ambiguity here in parish of All Hallows, Corobill, and the report. As the passage stands, it has honorary secretary to the Porteu- puzzled us how to condense" themselves sian Bible Society, together with and family" into three very fine youths,”