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fail to find an obnoxious cause for Taking my lonely dinner in a tavern every failure. While this cloud hung of the suburbs, the waiter handed me over me, I was determined never to
a newspaper, which he had rescued return to my father's house. Good- for my behoof from the hands of a natured as the friends of my family group, eager, as all the world then was, might be, I was fully aware of the for French intelligence.
My eye style in which misfortune is treated rambled into the fashionable column; in the idleness of country life; and the and the first paragraph, headed "MarHonourable Mr Marston's loss of his ' riage in high life," announced that, rank in his Majesty's guards, or his on the morrow, were to be solemnized preference of a more pacific promotion, the nuptials of Clotilde, Countess de was too tempting a topic to lose any of Tourville, with the Marquis de Monits stimulants by the popular ignorance trecour, colonel of the French Mousof the true transaction. My next rea- quetaires, &c. The paper dropped son was, that my mind was harassed from my hands. I rushed out of the and wearied by disappointment, until I house; and, scarcely knowing where should not have regreted to terminate I went, I hurried on, until I found the struggle in the first field of battle. myself out of the sight or sound of The only woman whom I loved, and mortal. The night was pitch-dark; whom, in the strange frenzy of pas- there was no lamp near; the wind sion, I solemnly believed to be the roared; and it was only by the flash only woman on earth deserving to be of the foam that I discovered the so loved, had wholly disappeared, and broad sheet of water before me. I was, by this time, probably wedded. had strayed into Hyde Park, and was The only woman whom I regarded as on the bank of the Serpentine. With a friend, was in another country, pro- what ease might I not finish all! It bably dying. If I could have returned was another step. Life was a burto Mortimer Castle—which I had al- den—thought was a torment-the ready determined to be impossible--I light of day a loathing. But the paroxshould have found only a callous, ysm soon gave way. Impressions perhaps a contemptuous, head of the of the duty and the trials of human family, angry at my return to burden nature, made in earlier years, revived him. Even Vincent-my old and kind- within me with a singular freshness hearted friend Vincent-had been a and force. Tears gushed from my eyes, soldier ; and though I was sure of fast and flowing; and, with a longnever receiving a reproach from his forgotten prayer for patience and humiwise and gentle lips, was I equally lity, I turned from the place of tempsure that I could escape the flash, or tation. As I reached the streets once the sorrow, of his eye?
more, I heard the trumpets of the Life In thoughts like these, and they Guards, and the band of a battalion were dangerous ones, I made many a returning to their quarters. The insolitary rush out into the wild winds fantry. were the Coldstream. They and beating snows of the winter, had been lining the streets for the which had set in early and been re- king's procession to open the sitting markably severe; walking bareheaded of Parliament. This was the 13th of in the most lonely places of the sub- December—the memorable day to urbs, stripping my bosom to the which every heart in Europe was blast, and longing for its tenfold chill more or less vibrating; yet which to assuage the fever which burned I had totally forgotten. What is within me.
I had also found the old man but an electrical machine after delay at the Horse-guards. The feel- all? The sound and sight of soldierings of this period make me look with ship restored me to the full vividinfinite compassion on the unhappy ness of my nature. The machine rebeings who take their lives into their quired only to be touched, to shoot own hands, and who extinguish all out its latent sparks; and with a new their earthly anxieties at a plunge. spirit and a new determination kindBut I had imbibed principles of a ling gh every fibre, I hastened firmer substance, and but upon one to be present at that debate which occasion, and one alone, felt tempted was to be the judgment of nations. to an act of despair,
My official intercourse with minis.
ters had given me some privileges, as I could judge from their laughter, and I obtained a seat under the gal- he exchanged some pleasantry of the lery—that part of the House of Com- hour. When at length he arrived at mons which is occasionally allotted to the seat which had been reserved for strangers of a certain rank. The him, he threw himself upon it with the House was crowded, and every coun- easy look of comfort of a man who tenance was pictured with interest had reached home-gave a nod to and solemn anxiety. Grey, Sheri- Windham, held out a finger to Grey, dan, and other distinguished names warmly shook hands with Sheridan; of party, had already taken their seats; and then, opening his well-known but the great heads of Government blue and buff costume, threw himself and Opposition were still absent. At back into the bench, and laughingly length a buzz among the crowd gasped for air. who filled the floor, — and the But another movement of the name of Fox repeated in every tone crowd at the bar announced anof congratulation, announced the pre- other arrival, and Pitt entered the eminent orator of England. I now House. His look and movement were saw Fox for the first time; and I was equally characteristic with those of his
; instantly struck with the incompara- great rival. He looked to neither the ble similitude of all that I saw of him right nor the left; replied to the to all that I had conceived from his salutations of his friends by the character and his style. In the broad slightest possible bow; neither spoke bold forehead, the strong sense—in the nor smiled; but, slowly advancing, relaxed mouth, the self-indulgent and took his seat in total silence. The reckless enjoyment — in the quick, Speaker, hitherto occupied with some small eye under those magnificent routine business, now read the King's black brows, the man of sagacity, of speech, and, calling on “Mr Pitt," sarcasm, and of humour ; and in the the minister rose. I have for that grand contour of a countenance and rising but one description—the one head, which might have been sculp- which filled my memory at the motured to take its place among the sages ment, from the noblest poet of the and sovereigns of antiquity, the living world. proof of those extraordinary powers, which conld have been checked in their Deliberation sat, and public care.
“Deep on his front engraven, ascent to the highest elevation of
Sage he stood, public life, only by prejudices and
With Atlantean shoulders, fit to bear passions not less extraordinary. As The weight of mightiest monarchies. he advanced up the House, he recog- His look nized every one on both sides, and Drew audience and attention, still as spoke or smiled to nearly all. He night, stopped once or twice in his way, and Or summer's noontide air." was surrounded by a circle with whom,
TIIE WEEK OF AN EMPEROR.
The week ending the 8th of June, the maids of honour, all fresh as was the most brilliant that ever occu- tares in June; and the ladies in pied and captivated the fashionable waiting, all Junos and Minervas, all world of a metropolis of two millions jewelled, and none under forty-five, of souls, the head of an empire of two enraptured the mortal eye, to a dehundred millions. The recollection gree uurivalled in the recollections of runs us out of breath. Every hour the oldest courtiur, and unrecorded in was a new summons to a new fête, a the annals of queenly hospitality. new fantasy, or a new exhibition of But we must descend to the world the handsomest man of the forty-two again ; we must, as the poet said, millions of Russia proper. The toilettes of the whole beau monde were in
“ Bridle in our struggling muse with activity from sunny morn to dewy
pain, eve; and from dewy eve to wax
That longs to launch into a nobler lighted midnight. À parade of the Guards, by which the world was We bid farewell to a description of tempted into rising at ten o'clock; a the indescribable. dejeuner à la fourchette, by which it During this week, but one question was surprised into dining at three, was asked by the universal world of (more majorum ;) an opera, by which St James's-" What was the cause of those whose hour for going out is the Czar's coming ?" eleven, were forced into their carriages Every one answered in his own at nine; a concert at Hanover Square, style. The tourists—a race who canfinished by a ball and supper at
not live without rambling through the Buckingham palace ;-all were among same continental roads, which they those brilliant perversions of the ha- libel for their rougliness every year ; bits of high life which make the week the same hotels, which they libel for one brilliant tumult; but which never their discomforts; and the same tablecould have been revolutionized but d'hôtes, which they libel as the perfecby an emperor in the flower of his tion of bad cookery, and barefaced age. Wherever he moved, he was fol- chicane-pronounced that the love lowed by a host of the fair and fashion- of travel was the imperial impulse. able. The showy equipages of the The politicians of the clubs-who, nobility were in perpetual motion. having nothing to do for themselves, The parks were a whirlwind of horse- manage the affairs of all nations, and men and horsewomen. The streets can discover high treason in the maniwere a levy en masse of the peerage. pulation of a toothpick, and symptoms The opera-house was a gilded "black of war in a waltz—were of opinion, hole of Calcutta.” The front of Buck. that the Czar had come either to coningham palace was a scene of loyalty, struct an European league against the dangerous to life and limb; men, care- marriage of little Queen Isabella, or ful of either, gave their shillings for a to beat up for recruits for the “ holy" glimpse through a telescope ; and hostilities of Morocco. With the fashortsighted ladies fainted, that they shionable world, the decision was, that might be carried into houses which he had come to see Ascot races, and gave them a full view. Mivart's, the the Duke of Devonshire's gardens, -retreat of princes, had the bustle of before the sun withered, or St Swithin a Bond Street hotel. Ashburnham washed them away. The John Bull House was in a state of siege. And world--as wise at least as any of their · Buckingham palace, with its guards, betters, who love a holiday, and think cavalcades, musterings of the multi- Whitsuntide the happiest period of the tude, and thundering of brass bands, year for that reason, and Greenwich seemed to be the focus of a national hill the finest spot in creation-were revolution. But it was within the convinced that his Majesty's visit was palace that the grand display existed. merely that of a good-humoured and The gilt candelabra, the gold plate, active gentleman, glad to escape from
the troubles of royalty and the heavi- night last. His arrival was so unness of home, and take a week's expected, that the Russian ambassaramble among the oddities of England. dor in Prussia was taken by surprise. 66 Who shall decide,” says Pope, He travelled through Germany incog- when doctors disagree?” Perhaps nito, and on Thursday night, the 30th, the nearest way of reaching the truth arrived at the Hague. Next day, at is, to take all the reasons together, two o'clock, he embarked at Rotterand try how far they may be made to dam for England. Here, two steamers agree. What can be more probable had been prepared for his embarkathan that the fineness of the finest tion. The steamers anchored for the season within memory, the occurrence night at Helvoetsluys. At three in of a moment of leisure in the life of a the following morning, they continued monarch ruling a fifth of the habitable the passage, arriving at Woolwich at globe, roused the curiosity of an in- ten. The Russian ambassador and telligent mind, excited, like that of his officers of the garrison prepared to great ancestor Peter, by a wish to see receive him ; but on his intimating his the national improvements of the particular wish to land in private, the great country of engineering, ship- customary honours were dispensed building, and tunnelling ; perhaps with. Shortly after ten, the Emperor with Ascot races—the most showy landed. He was dressed in the Rusexhibition of the most beautiful horses sian costume, covered with an ample in the world—to wind up the display, and richly-furred cloak. After a stay might tempt a man of vigorous of a few minutes, he entered Baron frame and active spirit, to gallop Brunow's carriage with Count Orloff, across Europe, and give seven brief and drove to the Russian embassy. days to England !
The remainder of the day was given An additional conjecture has been to rest after his fatigue. proposed by the papers presumed to On the next morning, Sunday, be best informed in cabinet secrets ; Prince Albert paid a visit to the Emthat this rapid journey has had for its peror. They met on the grand stairdistinct purpose the expression of the case, and embraced each other corImperial scorn for the miserable folly dially in the foreign style. The Prince and malignant coxcombry of the pam- proposed that the Emperor should phlet on the French navy; which has remove to the apartments which were excited so much contempt in Eng- provided for him in the palace land, and so much boasting in France, offer which was politely declined. At and so much surprise and ridicule eleven, the Emperor attended divine every where else in Europe. Nothing service at the chapel of the Russian could be more in consonance with a embassy in Welbeck Street. At halfmanly character, than to show how past one, Prince Albert arrived to little it shared the conceptions of a conduct him to the palace. He wore coxcomb ; and no more direct mode a scarlet uniform, with the riband and could be adopted than the visit, to badge of the Garter. The Queen prove his willingness to be on the received the Emperor in the grand best terms with her government and hall. A dejeuner was soon afterwards her people. We readily receive this served. The remainder of the day conjecture, because it impresses a was spent in visits to the Queenhigher character on the whole trans- Dowager and the Royal Family. action; it belongs to an advanced One visit of peculiar interest was spirit of royal intercourse, and it paid. The Emperor drove to Apsley constitutes an important pledge for House, to visit the Duke of Wellingthat European peace, which is the ton. The Duke received him in the greatest benefaction capable of being hall, and conducted him to the grand conferred by kings.
saloon on the first floor. The meetThe Emperor may be said to have ing on both sides was most cordial. come direct from St Petersburg, as The Emperor conversed much and his stops on the road were only mo- cheerfully with the illustrious Duke, mentary. He reached Berlin from his and complimented him highly on the capital with courier's speed, in four beauty of his pictures, and the magdays and six hours, on Sunday fort- nificence of his mansion,
emperors are but men, and the Czar, richness of the adjoining “Vandyk fatigued with his round of driving, on Chamber;" but his likenesses are comhis return to the embassy fell asleep, plete. The banquet was royally splenand slumbered till dinner-time, though did. The table was covered with his Royal Highness of Cambridge gold plate and chased ornaments of and the Monarch of Saxony called to remarkable beauty—the whole lighted visit him. At a quarter to eight by rows of gold candelabra. The o'clock, three of the royal carriages King of Saxony, the Duke of Welarrived, for the purpose of conveying lington, Sir Robert Peel, Lord Aberthe Emperor and his suite to Bucking- deen, and the chief noblemen of the ham palace.
household, were present at the enterOn Monday, the Emperor rose at tainment. seven. After breakfast he drove to Mortimer's, the celebrated jeweller's,
TUESDAY. where he remained for an hour, and is said to have purchased L.5000 This was the day of Ascot races. worth of jewellery. He then drove The road from Windsor to the course to the Zoological gardens and the passes through a couple of miles of Regent's park. In the course of the the rich quiet scenery which peculiarly drive, he visited Sir Robert Peel, and belongs to England. The course itself the families of some of our ambassa- is a fine open plain, commanding an dors in Russia. At three o'clock, he extensive view. Some rumours, doubt. gave a dejeuner to the Duke of Devon- ing the visit of the royal party, excited shire, who had also been an ambas- a double interest in the first sight of sador in Russia. Dover Street was the cavalcade, preceded by the royal crowded with the carriages of the yeomen, galloping up to the stand. nobility, who came to put down their They were received with shouts. The names in the visiting-book.
Emperor, the King of Saxony, and At five, a guard of honour of the Prince Albert, were in the leading carFirst Life-Guards came to escort him riage. They were attired simply as to the railway, on his visit to Wind- private gentlemen, in blue frock-coats. sor; but on his observing its arrival, The Duke of Wellington, Sir Robert he expressed a wish to decline the Peel, and the household, followed in honour, for the purpose of avoiding the royal carriages. The view of the all parade. The Queen's carriages Stand at this period was striking, and had arrived, and the Emperor and the royal and noble personages were his suite drove off through streets repeatedly cheered.
An announcecrowded with horsemen. On arriving ment was conveyed to the people, at the railway station, the Emperor that the Emperor had determined to examined the electrical telegraph, and, give L.500 a-year to the course. The entering the saloon carriage, the train Czarewitch had already given L.200 set off, and arrived at Slough, a dis- at Newmarket. The announcement tance of nearly twenty miles, in the was received with renewed cheering. astonishingly brief time of twenty-five All kings are fond of horses; and the minutes.
monarch of the most numerous and At the station, the Emperor was active cavalry in the world, may be met by Prince Albert, and conveyed allowed to be a connoisseur in their to the castle.
strength, swiftness, and perseverance, The banquet took place in the by a superior right. The Emperor Waterloo chamber, a vast hall hung can call out 80,000 Cossacks at a sound with portraits of the principal so- of his trumpet. He exhibited an evi. vereigns and statesmen of Europe, dent interest in the races. The horses to paint which, the late Sir Thomas were saddled before the race in front Laurence had been sent on a special of the grand stand, and brought up to mission at the close of the war in it after the race, for the purpose of 1815. Sir Thomas's conception of weighing the jockeys. He had a full form and likeness was admirable, but opportunity of inspection ; but not his colouring was cold and thin. His content with this, when the winner of “Waterloo Gallery” forms a melan- the gold vase, the mare Alice Hawcholy contrast with the depth and thorn, was brought up to the stand,
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