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Side 162 - This drew from my new acquaintance a vehement philippic against Talleyrand and the Senate, who, he said, had instigated Napoleon to every mischievous act which he had committed ; and after involving him in difficulties had basely deserted and betrayed him. " But the seizure of the sceptre of Spain ?" — That was the suggestion of Talleyrand.
Side 164 - In short, he was full of grief and bitterness of spirit ; and on my suggesting to him the probability of his incurring peril in consequence of his freedom of speech, he said he had no fears on that head, for he spoke the sentiments of thousands, as I should find when I arrived at Paris ; which city, he said, was very sad and very discontented. This man had undergone the horrors of the campaigns of Moscow.
Side 274 - XVIIL, of which we read so much in the Moniteur, appears merely on paper. Still, however, the mass of the people are friendly to the Bourbons. They were so oppressed by Bonaparte ; and the conscription, in particular, made such inroads upon their domestic comforts, that though their joy is by no means extravagant, they are glad to see the throne filled by a monarch of a mild disposition, and a pacific character. It is to this quarter, then, that Louis must look for support. He must cherish his people...
Side 50 - I soon found that no copy was adequate to represent the spirit of the august originals. What a lesson does this collection give on the instability of human things ! These breathing marbles were the splendid fruits of the victories gained by the armies of Rome over the degenerate Greeks. The Romans have degenerated in their turn ; and the prize of valour has been wrested from their feeble hands, by the descendants of those Gauls whom they once compelled to submit to the yoke of slavery.
Side 162 - ... made responsible. But on the contrary Louis XVIII. could do nothing right. He had falsified, said the plain-spoken soldier, every promise he had made on his accession to the throne. He had accepted a constitution, but had violated every article of it. He had solemnly engaged to continue the constituted authorities as he found them, but he had made the most capricious changes ; he had flattered the army with assurances that...
Side 160 - Sept. country to Vernon. Here, while dinner was preparing, I lounged into the stables, where I found a number of cavalry horses. Being struck with the beauty of one of them, I was proceeding to examine it, when I was accosted by its owner, who happened to be a captain of the Imperial Guard. We discoursed some time upon cavalry equipments ; though he was not unwilling to do justice to the powers of British cavalry, he preferred, for the details of a campaign, the lightness and activity of the French....
Side 82 - L'autorité livrée aux plus séditieux. Ces petits souverains qu'il fait pour une année, Voyant d'un temps si court leur puissance bornée, Des plus heureux desseins font avorter le fruit, De peur de le laisser à celui qui les suit. Comme ils ont peu de part au bien dont ils ordonnent, Dans le champ du public largement ils moissonnent, Assurés que chacun leur pardonne aisément, Espérant à son tour un pareil traitement. Le pire des États c'est l'état populaire.
Side 161 - British cavalry, he preferred, for the details of a campaign, the lightness and activity of the French. Turning from this topic, which I did not feel myself qualified to discuss, I touched him on the subject of the Emperor. This I did very gently, -by observing, that Napoleon was a man of extraordinary genius. On hearing his late master thus characterized, the soldier's eyes...
Side 161 - Napoleon was a man of extraordinary genius. On hearing his late master thus characterized, the soldier's eyes glistened with pleasure ; and he requested I would do him the favour to drink a glass of his wine, which he had left to look after his horse. I told him I had not yet dined, but that if he would become my guest, I should be happy to see him. He accordingly accompanied me to our apartment.
Side 113 - Evils are certainly heightened by contrast : and though a king is but a man, and a queen a woman, yet the woes of royalty must be attended with an anguish peculiar to themselves. The pleasure which I experienced in contemplating the delicious scenery of the Petit Trianon was intermixed with serious reflections. I left its shade, however, with reluctance.