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naparte, vexed to find the organization of his , be fixed for to-morrow? The young lady is seSecret Police so admirable, that not even a ca riously indisposed; and, as a week remains un. sual expression of his own could escape its scru expired of the General's permis de séjour". tiny. 5. Who lives there now?"
“ At least, do not let it be renewed,” cried “ The English detenu, Sire !—Monsieur le Ge- Napoleon, and let me hear of no more English neral R
prisoners at Fontainebleau. “If they fall sick, “ An English family at Fontainebleau ? An let them find some orviétan, less obnoxious to English detenu—an English General Officer ? me than a course of Chasselas grapes. En atYou must have planned this, sir, for my espe. tendant, what has this General to do with Capcial annoyance ! Sacre nom de Dieu ! -Have I rara's mushrooms?" not expressly desired that these people might “ The young man named Guillot having been be kept out of my way? Last year, as we drove arrested this morning before day-break, and his near the bridge at Verdun, on our way to May- | papers securedence, had not the English prisoners the audacity Papers ? -The papers of a wood-cutter?" to greet me with hisses, and opprobrious epi “ We find reason to believe him a man of birth thets ?”
and education,” continued the Minister of Police; “Which offence against your Imperial Majes
--bearer of a false passport; nay! pour trancher ty's person, half-a-dozen of them are still expi le mot,—the son of the emigrant Duc de la ating in the dungeons of Bitche," replied Fouché, Roche Allier,—and here on a rendezvous with coolly. “ But General R is scarcely to be his friend General R for the purpose of classed among a tribe of fool-hardy midshipmen, effecting negociationssuch as the lads in question. For several years “ With the English Government?” cried Na. he has resided in all honour and tranquillity at poleon. Verdun; and it was but a few months ago that “ No, Sire ;—with the people at Hartwell !" I received an application for a permis de voyage “ An emissary of the Bourbons--a secret for his family, to pass two months at Fontaine emissary—a spy ;-yet bearing the name of bleau, in order to try the effects of the cure de family which dates its chivalry from the first raisin for his only daughter, stated to be in the crusade!” last stage of a decline. There was no plea for “ The young Count has learned his lesson, withholding from him a favour frequently con Sire, in England ; where, under your favour, ceded to English prisoners on parole ; especially spies are treated with the reverence due to the as your Majesty had then announced your in hazards of their arduous vocation. André, whom tention of dividing the autumn between Ram the Americans hanged, has a monument in the bouillet and St. Cloud. A passport was accords Royal Abbey' of Westminster.” ingly granted and General R-established “My poor Fouché! which of your hangers-on himself at the Pavillon de Valvin"
has regaled your wounded vanity by that piece “ At least, while residing so near the Palace, of information?" inquired the Emperor, laughing you have placed his correspondence under scru- heartily at the fact so naively boasted by his tiny?"
chef de mouchards. “ But no matter ! What “More particularly, Sire, since the General's have you done with this individual ?' lady, who is daughter to a member of the Eng “ Sent him forward to Bicetre.” lish Cabinet, keeps up constant intercourse with “Have you reason to suppose he has connexions her family."
in the Faubourg St. Germain ?" “ And has anything--transpired ?" said the “ The most important !_nay, suspicions point Emperor, fixing a scrutinizing eye upon Fouché's at the very household of the Empress. Those countenance.
two old jackanapes, the chamberlains, Count “Nothing, Şire,” he replied, preparing to
cannot get rid of their touch a point on which Napoleon was just then Bourbon hankerings.” peculiarly sensitive to the sneers of the English ~ And General R ?" demanded Napoleon, press. “Nothing,-unless a few idle comments in amused to perceive the pertinacity of Fouché's the letters of Lady Emily R - upon the age antipathy to everything and everybody connected and personal coquetry of the Empress, as well with Josephine. as her unaccountable influence and popularity “Has rejected the proposals with which he with the nation.”
was insulted. A paper in his handwriting, Sire, “Mere flippant woman's gossip !" said Napo was found in the cottage of the soi-disant Guillot, leon, having recourse to his snuff box.
-a letter desiring him to set foot in his house “But exactly of the kind to obtain ready cur. no more. English officers possess a nice sense rency in London; where any absurd slander re of honour; and this R
appears to be un lating to your Majesty's domestic circle is vo homme de bien !"raciously swallowed. I have, therefore, sup
“ Comme un autre, I suppose! But if young pressed the letters.”
Allier's mission was thus infructuous, what has “ Good !-but better still, had you kept kept him at Fontainebleau ?". these people away from Fontainebleau alto. The young man's arrière-pensées are not easily gether. Send them back to Verdun without loss of to be developed," said the Duc d'Otrante. “ It time.”
is probable he had an ulterior object in wishing “I understand your Majesty's departure to to obtain access to the Palace, which he hoped
to secure by offering his services to the Cardi was evidently anxious to evade all allusion to nal's people;-having previously been frustrated the subject. by the intervention of mine. I need scarcely, “ Yonder, Sire, is Valvin,” said the Grand however, point out to your Majesty, that an Marshal, as a few scattered cottages at length emissary of the Bourbons may be inferred to appeared at the end of an avenue of young planecherish no great predilection for his Eminence, trees, beyond which glittered the blue waters of as being the avowed friend to a measure likely the Seine. to give an heir to the empire, and secure the Return, then, and await me in the Forest," downfal of their dynasty."
replied Napoleon hastily. “ And, should any “ Away with you !" cried the Emperor ; one belonging to the Court come across you, be “ Asses as they are, the Bourbons and their especially careful to give no indication of my agents are scarcely likely to fancy, that by pois. | destination." oning a single Cardinal, they could circumvent And immediately, with a second smile, which all amicable intercourse between the Tuileries he tried to render as little significant as possible, and the Vatican. Your people have outshot Duroc, (who, on more than one previous occatheir mark. We have to thank Caprara’s glut- sion, had been the confidant of an Imperial, or tony, as the accidental means of unravelling Consular amourette,) returned towards the an execrable plot; but if the mushrooms were place of rendezvous, leaving Napoleon to purof a pernicious kind, trust me his Eminence has sue his unmolested
sous l'orme.” The no one to thank for the mistake, but the pur
Grand Marshal's interest in the mystery might blind, half-witted rascals of his own scurvy have been, perhaps, more strongly excited, had suite.”
he seen the Emperor with his hat pulled over “ As your Majesty pleases," replied the mini- his face, to avoid recognition, trudge onward, till ster, taking his portfolio under his arm, prepa he reached the wicket gate of a large garden, ratory to the ceremony of taking leave. “ In surrounding the mansion known by the name of that case, all further interference in the busi the Pavillon de Valvin, and notoriously inhabited ness is superfluous."
by an English detenu. The Emperor, meanwhile, had taken his re “Is the General visible?” inquired he abruptly solution. The day not being one of those set of the servants, who answered his hasty sumapart for the chase, he was comparatively master mons at the door bell ;-and, without waiting of his time; and having signified to the Empress for a reply to his query, he entered the hall. at her toilet, an intention to ride towards Me " Whom shall I announce ?" demanded the lun, accompanied only by the Grand Marshal, amazed domestic. Duroc, and the aide-de-camp on duty, he quitted “No matter,—a stranger !"-replied Napothe palace in the afternoon, without cortege or leon, persuaded that his person was unknown to attendants. Having reached, at full speed, the his conductor. And following him closely, they Croix d'Augas, and thence diverged into one of entered together a small saloon overlooking the the lateral alleys leading to the foot of the rocks garden; and, as Napoleon concluded, the precrowned by the Calvaire, Napoleon suddenly sence of General Rdrew up; acquainted the Duc de Frioul that he But he was mistaken. There was no Gene. had a visit to make privately in the neighbour- ral—no man in the room—to warrant the loud hood; and, having demanded the least frequent- step and haughty countenance of the intruder; ed route to the village of Valvin, dismounted, but close beside the open window, and in an atand gave his horse to the aide-de-camp. Duroc, titude of despair, sat Lady Emily ; supporting suspecting some intrigue of gallantry, involun on her shoulder the feeble head of the fairest tarily smiled as he offered his services as guide ; creature on whom the hero of Marengo had ever and, having fastened his horse to a tree, and re looked. Her cheeks were colourless, indeed, commended, en passant, to the young Count colourless as those of the dead ; and her air so Flahault, (whose looks betrayed no small curio- | languid, that even her light brown ringlets seemsity concerning his Imperial Majesty's proceeded to hang in utter lifelessness round her face. ings,) not to grow too impatient during their ab. But it was as it were the face of an angel ! sence, he set off in the direction of the river, and so potent was the influence of her unearthly through one of those beautiful green allevs, en delicacy and loveliness, that even as the law. tangled with juniper and broom, and overgrown giver of Israel put his shoes from off his feet, by the greatest variety of wild flowers ever col when he found that the place whereon he was lected together in one of nature's uncultivated standing was holy ground—so, 'overcome by the parterres,—which constitute a peculiar charm of purity of her aspect, did Napoleon lay aside the the forests of Fontainebleau. Duroc, although sternness of his demeanour. The eyes of both admitted to the most familiar intimacy with the mother and daughter were swollen with weeping; Emperor, was, of course, too good a courtier to and Lady Emily, though evidently recognising hazard an inquiry touching the object of their the person of her visiter, made no effort to rise route; while Napoleon, by his comments on the which could disturb the gentle sufferer, whose scenes they were traversing, and a learned dis head rested on her bosom. Her whole heart, cussion, into which he diverged, touching the her whole soul was with her afflicted child ! How new system of silvan-culture introduced by Vio. different a scene from the tumultuous disorder laines, for the regeneration of the Royal forests, prevailing round the death-bed of the Cardinal !
9. My husband has only just quitted the room," ***
“ I have a thousand excuses, madam, to offer," , of the Bourbons--a spy in the land? Your said the Emperor, in a subdued voice, advancing Majesty has been cruelly and grossly deceived !" towards the window where they sat. “I had interrupted Emily, indifferent even to her faR
ther's displeasure at such a crisis.
“ You are, indeed, in error, General Bona. said Lady Emily, hesitating what title to assign parte,” said R-, pertinaciously marking his to her unceremonious guest.
dissent from the mode of address adopted by his “ In that case, allow me to seek him elsewhere. | daughter • Whatever may be my ground of The presence of a stranger may be painful to the enmity against the young man, I believe him to young lady, your daughter, whom I grieve to be innocent of the madness imputed to him. find so much more seriously indisposed than I Suffer me, meanwhile, to thank you” '-a bitter had been led to anticipate.”
sneer passed over his countenance as he spoke“No!” faltered Miss R in a tremulous “ for believing a British soldier, at large on pavoice, overcoming at once her natural timidity role, to be incapable of plotting against the and her horror of the name of Bonaparte, in the Government which has become the depository of consciousness that the man before her was sole his honour." arbiter of the destinies of her family. My “ And what, then, was he doing at Fontainefather will be here immediately. Do not leave bleau ?" cried Napoleon, rising angrily from his us.”
seat, without even hearing the taunt of his ill. Unaccountably touched by the feeble accents judging host. • It is true this young man was of the gentle voice which thus addressed him, arrested on mere suspicion. But a false passNapoleon instantly accepted the seat, pointed out port, his papers, your own letter ?” by Lady Emily with as dignified a gesture as if « A letter? he were a prisoner in the land, and she its sove Desiring him to set foot in your house no reign.
more, and referring to his negotiations“My daughter is suffering from the results of “ For the hand of my daughter. Know, severe agitation,” said his high-bred hostess, in a hurried voice, as if eager to conciliate her vi. “ A few words may suffice to explain this siter, previous to the General's arrival. “A recent vexatious business," interrupted Lady Emily, event,—the arrest of an intimate friend”
trembling at the thought of the indiscretions But the words were suspended on her lips ; into which her husband might be betrayed by for at that moment, undisturbed in countenance, his twofold aversion to the Emperor of France, unexcited in demeanour, the cold blooded Gene and the adherents of its fallen kings. « The ral R— entered the apartment. Bonaparte family of La Roche Allier having resided, durrose, and advanced to meet him ; and the salu-ing its period of emigration, in Edinburgh, was tations exchanged between them, were simply welcomed in the higher circles of that city with those of gentlemen and equals. Even when the the deference due to the unfortunate. In the Emperor re-seated himself, uninvited, the Bri common course of hospitality, Count Jules was tish General did the same ; thus tacitly express introduced to our house, formed an attachment ing his intention to see, in the anointed of the to my daughter, and eventually made overtures Pope, a Sovereign still unrecognised by the for her handGovernment of his own country.
“ Overtures peremptorily declined by her fa“ The object of my visit here, Sir,” said Na- ther," interrupted the General ; “ by ner father, poleon, his hauteur returning, as he foresaw this who could not justify it to himself to bestow the determination on the part of his host,
was to inheritance of one of the most ancient families express my satisfaction that an officer-, bro in Scotland upon an alien, a foreigner, a man ther soldier-should have escaped the snares who neither spoke its language, norlaid for his honour by the deposed family of 6. Professed its creed ! I understand your Bourbon ; a circumstance which transpired this scruples, sir,” said Bonaparte, whose looks, ever morning, in the seizure of certain papers belong- and anon reverted, during the explanation, to ing to a young traitor, who should bear a less the pure pale face of the young English girl, noble name, or pursue a less ignoble line of con so mild, so full of resignation, so different from the duct!”
meretricious beauties of his own dissolute Court. “ You allude, of course, to Count Julius de “ Pardon me, we are all alike of the Church la Roche Allier,” replied the General, with a of Rome,” said the less petulant Lady Emily. coolness amounting to irony. “ But I am at a willing to insinuate a word in extenuation of loss to understand in what manner my connex her daughter's preference. ions with him can have become interesting to “ I must conclude, then, madam, that General the existing Government of France.”
R had personal reasons for declining the “ I allude,” interrupted Napoleon,
alliance of the house of Roche Allier ?” refusal to become a party to a conspiracy plan “ It is enough that he saw fit to exercise the ned by the traitors at Hartwell, and confided to authority of a parent over his child,” said the the intermediation of Count Jules de la Roche General, harshly. “Unwilling, however, to tax Allier ; who has been arrested on other charges, my daughter's submission by leaving her exposed by the vigilance of my Minister of Police.” to this presuming young man's assiduities, I pre*Count Jules de la Roche Allier an agent pared my family for a Continental tour; and
o to your
it was then that, while, under sanction of our “ Are you aware, madam, that his family is international treaty, we traversed France, the especially excluded from the Act of Grace con- . arrest and detention of every British subject ceded to the emigrants ?—that he has brought who had been rash enough to confide in the a proscribed head within reach of the retribu. good faith of the Republic, consigned us pris. tive justice of the French Government ?” added oners to Verdun ! There, separated from her the Emperor, willing to probe to the utmost home, her country, her friends, my daughter's the heroism of the courageous young girl. health, already impaired by pulmonary attacks, has gradually declined ; and though,” he con reiterated, clasping her hands as she spoke. “ I tinued, struggling to assume a more cheerful leave the rest to God.” tone, lest the admission of his forebodings should “ I am at liberty, then, to do my worst,” said prove injurious to the invalid, “ though I am Napoleon ; “ since even his friends refuse to assured by Miss R—'s medical attendants that plead in his behalf.” the system we are trying at Fontainebleau will, “ I would pledge my life and honour on the in a short time, complete her restoration innocence of young Roche-Allier !" interrupted
“ No, father, no !" faltered Emily, involun the General. Of fraud or treachery he is intarily interrupting him. “ You do not so de- | capable. His attachment to my daughter has ceive yourself,—you cannot so deceive me; I alone brought him into his present predicament.' am dying ; yes, I know it. I am dying! Roche “ Give her to him, then, and end it !” said Allier's arrival here, (disguised, and at the risk Napoleon abruptly; having already seated him. of life and honour,) convinced me that my mo self at a writing-table, to accomplish the petition ther's letters had already conveyed to our friends of his interesting prisoner.
« Return to Engin England the knowledge of my rapid decline ; | land, Monsieur le General, with your family, and that poor Jules was periling all, in hopes and relieve me from the presence of this rash that the presence of one so dear might avail to young man, by carrying him with you as your suspend the fatal blow. But he came ;—and my son.” father interdicted our meeting—my father was And while General R hesitated whether still inexorable! And now, Jules is a prisoner- to accept or reject the benefits thus cavalierly and I on the brink of the grave !"
conferred, the Emperor rose and presented two There was a momentary silence ; for the hol. folded papers to the hands of Emily.” lowness of Emily's voice conveyed a fearful con.. “ Both of these are yours," said he, with one firmation of her assertions.
of those radiant smiles which sometimes bright“ But I have not been disobedient,-have I, ened his sallow visage. “ One of them regards father ?" she resumed, perceiving some indication your father, and one-your husband. So dutiful of emotion in her father's countenance. “ I shall a daughter will make the best of wives." not bequeath you the memory of a rebellious " It is too late ! Alas, alas ! it is too late ! child? From the day of receiving your com Yet a few hours, and my heavenly father will mands, I have held no communication with him ; receive me to his mercy !” faltered Emily, now and now all risk is over of thwarting your wishes. almost exhausted by the agitation of continual I shall see his face no more. I am dying !" emotion. Accept, however, the thanks of one
And again she bowed her head on the bosom about to be released from all earthly bondage, of her afflicted mother ; who was no longer able that you have imparted peace and consolation to repress the tears with which she had been to her dying hours !” struggling.
And big tears rolled down the pale cheeks of “ If you could suggest anything in my power the sufferer, as she extended her slender hand, to alleviate your sufferings,” said the Emperor, as a parting token, towards the Emperor. Prodeeply touched, but too much habituated to the foundly touched, he raised it to his lips; and control of his feelings to evince any symptom ere General R
recovered his self-possession of emotion ; “ if, consistently with my duty to sufficiently, to explain or remonstrate, Napoleon, the nation
He hesitated. He felt that after a respectful obeisance to Lady Emily, had it was not for him to propose the liberation of quitted the room. an emigrant Royalist.
“ She will not die,” muttered the despotic “ You could do much," said Emily, striving Napoleon to himself, as he pushed his way back to speak more firmly. “ You could release my through the gathering twilight, towards the spot, father and mother from captivity. When I am in the Forest of Fontainebleau, where Duroc was gone, it would be a grievous thing for them to in waiting. " She must not die! I will send be fixed in France, in incessant contemplation Corvisart to her !" And with an impetuosity of the grave of their only child. Promise me equal to that of Uncle Toby, when he swore that that you will release them,—that you will send Le Fevre should live, the Emperor, as he strode them home to Scotland--to their friends-" along, crunched down, with his iron heel, the
- And Count Jules de la Roche Allier?" ex branches of the juniper and heather bushes that claimed Napoleon, sympathizing in her filial de- impeded his way. * All girls are apt to fancy votion.
they are dying when they are crossed in love. “ For him I have nothing to ask,” said poor Besides the cold-blooded old fool will think betEmily. “ He is innocent, and therefore you dare ter of it. Sacrifice such a girl as that to a whim not injure him,"
a prejudice ? Why, even I could scarcely
hold out against that noble countenance, and was a rascal of our own. Let him be as discreet that persuasive voice.”
as he has shown himself expert, and he may “ Send the Duc d'Otrante hither,” said his claim promotion. Understand, however, that Majesty, when he entered his cabinet de tra this Valvin transaction is not to transpire: I vuil, at the close of a state dinner, a few hours do not wish to have it said in the Faubourg St, after his return to the palace. “ So,-you are
Germain that I have been courting conciliation here, sir! Come to offer your apologies, I trust, with the English Cabinet, by an act of magnafor the blundering officiousness of your people in nimity towards the daughter of one of its memcausing the arrest of Jules de la Roche-Allier, bers. But what fête is there to-morrow-what on such insufficient testimony? Another time I veille to-night?" advise you to select fellows possessing eyes, ears, “ None, sire ; neither féte nor veille.” and some small portion of understanding !”
• Do you mean to tell me that I do not hear “ Your Majesty having, I, find, already de the bells of the Sainte Trinité ? What should spatched a courier to Bicetre with orders for the they be ringing at this hour of the evening ?” Count's release, I may rather tender my apolo “ The passing bell, Sire, of the English Gene. gies to himself on his arrival at Fontainebleau, ral's daughter. The Cure of the Sainte Trinité to accompany his father-in-law to England, in was her director; and Corvisart has just repursuance of the engagements, Sire, into which turned with him from Valvin, with intelligence your Majesty has deigned to enter, this after of the young lady's dissolution.” noon, with the family at the Pavillon de Valvin.” “ Already !" ejaculated Napoleon, throwing
“ Comment donc, coquin ?" cried the Emperor, himself into a chair. “ Poor girl! Poor, un. relaxing into a hearty laugh. “ Are you already happy mother !” so well-informed ? The lubberly lacquey, then, “ On the other hand, I have the satisfaction to over whom I stumbled in the antechamber of the acquaint your Majesty that Dr. Paulet an. Pavillon, was
nounces the Cardinal Caprara to be out of dan. « Precisely one of those fellows without eyes ger.” or ears, whom your Majesty has commissioned me “ Au diable le Cardinal,” ejaculated Napoleon, to discharge.”
with one of his fiercest looks. " I would have “ A la bonne heure, mon cher Duc !" Since given twenty Cardinals for power to save the the fellow was an eavesdropper, I am glad he life of the daughter of the English detenu !"
SKETCHES OF THE LATER ENGLISH POETS.
We have elsewhere had occasion to note, as application of bodily force, when many are striv. characteristic of the present century the disap- ing together in concert, the efficiency of their pearance of many barriers drawn around the joint exertions is impaired, rather than enhanced, precincts of literature, which formerly separated by a disproportionate excess of strength in any the elegant and thoughtful from the busier pro individual of the number. Combination in one fessions of life. Yet, this is but one amongst sense implies equality ; it also in some measure the many ancient distinctions now obliterated. supposes weakness in the separate, although the It might, indeed, be asked, what calling or occu composite effect is power. To enjoy its advanpation-save, perhaps, those of the wandering tages, he whom nature or circumstance has made knife-grinder, the tailor, and the chimney-sweep more powerful than his fellows must sacrifice preserves in this day any feature of its peculiar part of his peculiar superiority, in exchange for character or significance ? The age is into his portion of the common benefit. This is a lerant alike of the badge of separation, and of main condition of all attempts to produce much the symbols of pre-eminence, whether in persons by an aggregate of the little; an enterprise of or in classes. Everything is now done by num. which we daily witness the most edifying exam. bers,-integral parts have lost all value. We ples. The principle symbolized in the witty exult in the millennium of mediocrity: the aspect | Dean's apologue is now in full operation ; and he of character, the modes of existence, the motives who has eyes may behold many a stout Gulliver of action, in these times, are as plain and uniform fettered by an accumulation of pigmy efforts, in colour as the surface of a duck-pond. A hu- each separately so minute, that it would have morist might fancy that to form a generation been a puzzle to declare at what precise stage of like the present, certain ingredients had been the process the power, which at length became kneaded into a general mass, from which por- | irresistible, ceased to be merely ridiculous. tions, differing only in material bulk, had been Now, it is not surprising that herein the many severed, as the allotment for each individual. should exult, and proclaim the advent of a hal. But, howsoever the prevalent sameness may cyon age. Never, assuredly, were the multitude have been produced, it affords admirable scope more absolute: they are now become the guides for the practice of association, the ruling princi, instead of the guided ;--so that, instead of walk. ple of the day, which, indeed, requires some such ing each his own way, all men have turned into condition for its perfect development. In the the broad and beaten path ; which is undoubtedly