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The frequent notices given of the plot to restore Buonaparte were most strangely left unnoticed and unattended to, though the ambition and abilities of Buonaparte were well known, and the instability of the throne of Louis might have been strongly suspected; become, that from one end of France to the ; nay, so very "notorious had it other it was publicly joked about; from the circumstance of the king being afflicted with the gout, it was every where said, even in the Thuilleries gardens, " ah, ah, il porte les guétres à présent; mais quand le printemps viendra il sera en bas!"
Though we know well enough the host of proposers and projectors, which surrounds men in office, is very often found equally frivolous and troublesome, yet, we know likewise, that there are moments when an opportunity presents itself, that is absolutely invaluable. The difficulty is great, how to distin-ceived, we have seen it in France years guish such; and we are not aware that ago: the secret lay in the key, which is blame is due, where, nevertheless, regret capable of being varied into an infinity. is warrantable. of applications.
Other symptomatic flashes have been reported to us; but, as usual in such cases, in a mode of communication perfectly unintelligible, till events explained them. As the Conundrum, &c. have appeared in the public papers, we shall not repeat them. We do not consider it as having been formed expressly for Buonaparte; if our memory is not de
A Statement made to Earl Bathurst, in November, 1814, also to the Comte de la Chatre, the French Ambassador, of Buonaparte's Plot to re-usurp the Crown of France. By W. Playfair. Stockdale, London. Price 1s. 6d.
Letters to Earl Bathurst, &c. with the Conundrum, now solved by Buonaparte, &c. By W. Playfair. Price 2s. 6d. Stockdale, London. 1815.
The general tone and style of these pamphlets add nothing to the writer's character of gentleman and patriot :-nevertheless, they contain curious matter for the history of the times. They shew, completely, that Napoleon was not called from his retreat at Elba to re-ascend the throne of France, by the voice of the people that the soldiery was tampered with, by agents pushing forward a plot; and that the King's enemies were too cunning for his friends.
Our readers have already seen the gross negligence of M. Montesquieu, the king of France's minister, who had not even opened the letters sent him, advising him of a something then in agitation. -The wonder that our own ministry should disregard the matter, is not equal to that excited by such criminal negligence; and the rather, because French garrulity did certainly drop hints and expressions, which being much in the manner of that people, their own compatriots should have traced ;-and the less they understood them the greater should have been their diligence; knowing who they had to deal with. On this subject, we borrow a note from another pamphlet. VOL. II. New Series. Lit. Pan.
When a Frenchman speaks of Paris, it is in terms the most hyberbolical, and therefore, incredible: yet in such guides are we under the necessity of placing confidence; for, who can expect a rational Englishman to be sufficiently acquainted with that dissipated metropolis to draw its picture; or inclined to a task so laborious, troublesome, and even irksome? Books of this description, therefore, must be translations from Parisian works; and, in consequence, liable to misconceptions, or mis-statements, intentional or accidental.
What we wish is, that our countrymen who visit the capital of France. should be put on their guard against the knavery practised there. Young men who have had the run of a winter or two in London, are unfit to cope with the dexterities of Paris. They will not be lieve, till too late, the systematic deceptions to which they are a prey; nor can Aug. 1815.
they suspect the disguises those deceptions assume. To what information M. Tronchet offers, he should, to please us, have added in almost every page caution upon caution: It would have entitled him to the gratitude of the United Kingdom.
As may be supposed, this tract contains an account of the mode of travelling in France-of the principal routes to Paris of the mode of living thereof the principal streets-churches-palaces-libraries-works of art, &c. &c. The whole is useful;-but incomplete: we say incomplete, for reasons already assigned; and we appeal to every man who has lately been there, whether on every page of the following picture, the words Caution! Caution! Caution! ought not to have appeared in the running title, in capital letters.
The Palais Royal is one of the principal curiosities of Paris, and exhibits some of the most astonishing, Proteus-like scenes, that can be pictured to the imagination. Shops of millinery, jewellery, clothiery, booksellers, clock-sellers, printsellers, china-houses, coffee-houses, baguios, money-changers, and gamesters, all unite in amicable rivalry, to ease the unwary idler of his money.
Let a man walk under these arcades, at any hour of the day, and he will never want food either for meditation or amusement: but the Palais Royal exhibits a scene of culiar interest in the evening. There is no want, either natural or artificial, no wish for the cultivation of the miud, or decoration of the body, which would not here find food and gratification, and perpetual variety.
did a mansion. The sensations produced by the lights, the moving crowd, and the merchandize exposed as already described, and instrumental, that strikes the ear with are not a little heightened by music, vocal peculiar force; it being both loud, and often, as it were, on the very spot, though the stranger cannot divine whence it proceeds. Presently that which was loud before becomes ten times louder, and his hearing leads his eye to the descent into a cellar, and should he descend, finds a strange wealthier citizens; some clean, some dirty, mixture of the working people and the sitting over their small beer, lemonade, bavaroise, or some other liquor, regaling themselves with feasting and music.
The gaming-tables are in a different quarter of the Palais Royal. After having ascended a staircase, you are introduced inhats, sticks, and great coats, carefully tickto an anti-chamber, where several hundred eted, are arranged under the charge of two or three old men, who receive either one or two sous from every owner. From the antichamber you enter into various large and well-lighted rooms, all equally well attended, and containing a vast crowd of persons, seated and engaged in gaming. The tables are licensed by government, pay to it a cousiderable sum of money, and are under its immediate juspection; they are well regulated; ready cash passes from the loser to the winner, and differences appear to be decided by appointed referees, who sit at the table, invested with the insignia of office; namely, short wooden instruments, shaped like a garden hoe, which collect the six livre pieces that are scattered over the table.
In divers subterraneous chambers are many scenes of unsanctioned dissipation, where the game of billiards is dexterously played, and too well attended.
The shape of the building is that of a parallelogram, which incloses a large garden, ornamented with fine orange trees, and wellgravelled walks, which afford a fine view of the edifice. At its end, near Rue du Lycée, is a double piazza, with two rows of shops, reaching from one extremity to the other and these promenades are always crowded with ladies and loungers of every description. It is impossible not to be delighted with the peculiar elegance with which the rival shop-keepers light up their tle cabinets of bijouterie, and with the splendour produced by the general illumination.
The restaurateurs in the Palais Royal are by far the most famous and most frequented; their larders are the choicest, their bill of fare the fongest, and their dining-rooms the most elegant in all Paris. You have in them the choice of more than two hundred dishes, of above twenty sorts of deserts, upwards of twenty kinds of wine, and more than twenty species of liquors.
The coffee-houses form another point of lit-meeting for the multitude, who do not go merely to take a walk, or who choose to recreate themselves after walking. The commodities, as wel. as the prices of each, are alike in all the coffee-houses of the Palais Royal. Coffee, lemonade, orgeat, li
Not being accustomed to view palaces laid out into compartments for trade, the imagination is forcibly struck to behold such
ened arcades, and, to perceive that they all abound with the efforts of human industry, in almost countless divisions. Retail traders never before were seen in so splen
a pile of building, to contemplate the length-queurs, and ice, are to be had in all of them, and of equal qualities. A cup of coffee costs ten sous; a glass of liqueur, a tumbler of lemonade, or orgeat, just the same. A glass of ice twelve sous.
The coffee-houses of the Palais Royal are most lively and gay, in the morning from mine to eleven, in the afternoon from three to six, and in the evening from eight till eleven, The contented Frenchman generally makes his supper at the coffee-house, which consists of nothing more than a tumbler of lemonade or orgeat, to which he adds half as much water, dipping into it a roll or two, for each of which he pays a sou.tigat Having made the tour of the arcades, the stranger passes into the gardens. His eye is attracted by numerous lights from the upper part of the building; especially from the range of first floors, where they are numerous, and of which the apartments appear to be spacious and magnificent. Some of these are restaurateurs, and other coffeehouses, or rooms dedicated to scientific clubs and literary societies; but a still greater portion are devoted to the baneful practice of private and public gaming, and all above, even to the attic story, are inhabited by prostitutes and sharpers.
The concourse of people in the Palais Royal is never at at end; its public is the most numerous as well as the most brilliant, of any of the places of resort in this city. The gardens of the Tailleries, the Luxembourg, the Boulevards, in short, none of the promenades are to be brought into comparison with the Palais Royal. As Paris devours the marrow of France, so the Palais Royal devours the marrow of Paris.
| dotes concerning Mr. Griffinhoof's principal characters, much more animated, piquant, and stinging, than any he has gathered.
There are follies enough in the world to keep satire in exercise without inter mission: but, to excite laughter for the purpose of correcting them-ridendo cas mores-demands a force of wit, that is not in every man's possession; with a talent at placing the subjects of it in a certain ludicrous point of view, at once natural and unnatural, whence they appear charged, yet not in carica tura; under a peculiar light, yet not entirely artificial; in short, queer, or queerish, yet not absolutely anamor tirical vision, the scene of which is phosed. This talent the writer of a saplaced among the illustrious illuminati of Moorfields, should possess.-Verbum sat!
The Maskers of Moorfields: a vision. By
A Sermon preached at the Parish Church of St. Ann's, Soho, May 5, 1815, before the London Society for Promoting Christianity among the Jews. By W. Dealtry, B.D. F.R.S. Gale and Co. London. 1815.
We have repeatedly introduced the Gent.subject of this Society for Promoting Christianity among the Jews to our readers, with sincere commendation; while at the same time we have not refrained from expressing our regret that the Christian world, at large, has thought proper to indulge prejudices against that people, which are not warranted by the New Testament. Public opinion demands that these Jewish converts become Gentile Christians, by forsaking the national customs and family distinctions of their forefathers: Why? That the Jews should continue a distinct people is clearly the intention of Providence; and this will be accomplished, if not as Christians, with the consent, of Christianswhy, then, as Jews, Deo volente.
This discourse is an animated address to exertion by those true philanthropists who have the welfare of mankind at heart, and who desire to effect their most laudable purpose in the most direct manSome justice is done by the preach
When a gentleman takes upon him to see visions, and to commit them to the press, for the amusement of the public, he should be well aware that more is expected from his second-sighted inspirations, than from the direct narrator, or the unpretending historian of facts. Satire demands a keenness of remark, an intensity of expression, which, to succeed, must greatly transcend ordinary observation and common-place discourse. The portraits of a satirist should be more forcibly drawn and coloured than common; they should be the sharp and masterly markings of a Gillray, not the obtuse and indistinct lines of a limner, who writes up" Portraits painted in this manner, for five shillings." We believe, had he consulted the trade, they could have furnished a variety of auec-uer.
er to the liberty enjoyed by the Jews in this kingdom: here, not one is exposed to greater persecution than that of wan
dotes, by Robert Thomson, an eye witness of the events, has just appeared, price 5s. This part contains the period from the tak
ton boys whose witticisms are venteding of the Bastile to the breaking up of the National Convention. The second part is in a state of forwardness, and will embrace the time from the Directory to the fall of Buonaparte.
on the beard. The stores of knowledge too, are open to the Jew, as to the Christian; but, we conjecture, that being offered by "aliens from the commonwealth of Israel," they are despised by the greater part of this dispersed people:-what happier success might attend them, if offered under more acceptable forms, we cannot say; but we heartily approve of the circulation of tracts, of Hebrew copies of the New Testament, and of other works, including the efforts making by this truly laudable and exemplary society, in all
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