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on it by the safety of the people (le Nearly all the Judges said, laughsalut du people). I am accused of ing, “Right ! right !-silence !" being the editor of an anti-feuillant proceeded-My accuser is a journal, called the Journal de la Cour monster-this I shall prove to you, et de la Ville. I tell the naked truth, Judges, whom the people would not when I assert that imputation to be have chosen, had they not known them false. The editor of that publication to possess the power of discriminating is a man named Gautier, whose de- between guilt and innocence. There, scription is so strikingly at variance gentlemen, are certificates proving with mine, that nothing but iniqui- that I have not been out of Paris for tous malignity could have made a three-and-twenty months; and there mistake in our persons-and if I am are the declarations of the three landable to search my pockets

lords, with whom I have lodged duI here endeavoured in vain to ex- ring that period, which corroborate tract my pocketbook from my coat; the other attestations, one of the judges perceiving my pre- They were examining these padicament, desired the men who held pers, when we were interrupted by me to let go their hold. I then laid the arrival of a prisoner, who was on the table the attestations of seve- instantly placed before the President. ral clerks, factors, merchants, and The men who held him said he was proprietors of houses in which he another priest, whom they had just had lodged, proving Gautier to be taken from his nest (deniche) in the the editor and sole proprietor of the chapel. After a brief interrogation, Journal in question.

he was sent to his fate. (A la Force.) One of the Judges.- Nevertheless, He cast his breviary on the tablethere is no smoke without fire: how was dragged out at the wicket, and comes this accusation to fall on you ? slaughtered. This done, I resumed tell us that.

my place before the tribunal. Ans.-That, sir, is what I was about One of the Judges.—I do not say to do. You are aware, gentlemen, that these certificates are false; but that the journal of which we are who can prove the truth of them ? speaking was the receptacle of all. Ans.—Your observation, sir, isjust; the Calembourgs, the quolibets, the and, to afford the utmost knowepigrams and pleasantries, whether ledge on that subject, confine me in good or bad, which emanated from a dungeon, if you please, until comParis, or the eighty-three depart- missaries, named by Monsieur le Prements. I might aver that I never sident, have verified them. If they was the author of one of these trifles, prove false, I deserve to die. seeing that no manuscript of mine One of the Judges-(Who, during is produced in proof of it; but can- my interrogation, appeared interestdour, which has hitherto befriended ed in my behalf, said, in a low voice,) me, must serve me now; and I will Aguilty person would not speak with confess, that the gaiety of my dispo- this decided confidence. sition often inspired me with harm- Another Judge.--Of what section less sallies, which I did send to the are you? Sieur Gautier. There, gentlemen, Ans. Of the Halle aublé. is the whole and sole foundation of A National Guard-(Not of the my impeachment, which equals in number of the Judges). -Ah! ah! I absurdity the monstrous accusation belong to that section. At whose I have next to deal with. I have house do you reside ? been denounced for having recruited Ans.--At the house of M. Teyssier, on the frontiers, of having conducted rue Croix

des Petits Champs. such levies to the emigrants—(a ge- The National Guard. I know neral murmur arose, which, how- him, for we have had transactions ever, I did not permit to disconcert together; and I can tell if this be me; I continued, having raised my his certificate; (he looked at it and voice) - Gentlemen, gentlemen, I am said,) Gentlemen, I can state that this speaking; and I implore you, Mon- is decidedly the signature of the citisieur le President, to maintain the zen Teyssier ! attention of my judges--never was I exclaimed, in a manner which it more essential to me than at the attracted general attention, Ah ! present moment,

gentlemen, after the testimony of that worthy man, which utterly dis- I long foresaw a great catastrophe, proves the accusation which was the inevitable result of this same aimed at my existence, what can— constitution, revised by egotists, who, wbat must you think of the man who like those of whom I have just spohas denounced me?

ken, were toiling for their own exThe judge (who had already ma- clusive ends. Dissimulation, rapanifested a favourable feeling towards city, and cowardice, were the attrime)- C'est un gueux --and if he butes of those charlatans. The chawere here, justice should take its racteristics of their opponents were course on him. Do you know the fanaticism, intrepidity, and frankman?

ness. It required no great strength Ans. No, sir; but he must of ne- of perception to foresee which party cessity be one of the Committee of would eventually triumph. GentleSurveillance de la Commune; and men, no man was more solicitous of I confess, that, if I did know him, the reform of abuses than myself. I should think I rendered a service Here are pamphlets of my producto the public, in warning it by pla- tion during the sitting of the Statescards to beware of such a-

General ; they prove what I now adOne of the Judges. It is clearly vance. I always thought that we established that you are not the edi- were going too far for a constitutor of a journal, and that you were tion, and that we fell short of a renot employed in the levy of recruits. public. I am neither a Jacobin nor But what have you to say regarding à Feuillant. I never approved the your aristocratic conversations at the principles of the former party, though houses of certain booksellers in the they were more consistent and ingePalais Royal ?

nuous than those professed by the Ans. I am ready to reply. If I latter; which I always shall detest, have not hesitated to avow what I until it is proved to me that it was have written, still less do I fear to con- not the source of the deep calamities fess what I have said,and even thought. we have endured. I have invariably advised obedience A Judge (impatiently.)-You are to the laws, and have strengthened incessantly telling us, you are not my precept by the force of my ex- this, and you are not that. What are ample. At the same time, I acknow- you then? ledge that I have used the freedom Ans. I was an open royalist.given me by the constitution, in say. (A murmur arose, which was aping that I regarded it as an imper. peased by the judge, who on one or fect one, perceiving that it established two previous occasions, had evinced us in an erroneous position. If that an interest in my behalf.)-He said was criminal, then the constitution word for word, “We are not here to itself extended a trap to me; and try opinions; we are here to try rethe permission, which it expressly sults.” gives to expose its imperfections, is I continued - Yes, gentlemen, I a mere snare to those who confide was an open royalist; though I was in the validity of its professions. I never paid for my opinions. I was have said, too, that the nobles of the a royalist, because I thought a moassemblée constituante, who evinced narchy adapted to my country, besuch patriotic zeal, were actuated cause I loved the king individually more by personal ambition and sel- and sincerely. This was the sentifish interest than by the love of coun- ment of my heart till the 10th of try; and when the whole of Paris August.-(Another murmur arose, was infatuated with their show of apparently more favourable than the patriotism, I said, " Ils vous trom- last.)— I never heard of plots or conpent." I appeal to you, gentlemen, spiracies, but through the expression if events have justified my opinion of public indignation. When occaI have frequently reproved the base sion has required it, I have extended and awkward maneuvres of certain my succour to any man, without enpersonages, whose device was, " The quiring his principles. There are constitution, the whole constitution, journals--patrioticjournals --which and nothing but the constitution." attest the truth of the remarks I have

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the honour of addressing to you. I During my sojourn in the capital I was beloved by the peasantry of my have lived in perfect tranquillity-I estate; for when the châteaux of my have indulged the gaiety of my disneighbours were in flames, my te- position, and followed the bent of nants flocked to me in crowds to my principles, which have invaritestify their affection, and planted, ably withheld me from any curious as an emblem of their attachment, a interference in the public concerns ; maypole in my court. To you, gen- and to no man, of whatever party, tlemen, these details will wear the have I committed myself by injury semblance of minuteness; but, were or unkindness. This, gentlemen, is you in my place, you would feel all I have to say of my conduct and the inducement which prevails with my principles. The sincerity of my me, to indulge in facts of such a be- confessions will convince you that I neficial tendency. I can assert that am not a dangerous character, and no soldier in the king's regiment of under the explanations I have offerinfantry, in which I served for five- ed, I may presume to entertain the and-twenty years, has had cause to hope that you will restore me to complain of me.*

liberty, to which I am naturally atOne of the Judges.- I shall soon tached, and which it will become my see if you served in the Regiment du duty and endeavour to maintain. Roi. Did you know M. Moreau in The President (after taking off his it ?

hat.)—I see no ground of suspicion Ans. Yes, sir; I knew two of in the conduct of this gentleman ; I that name.

One was a tall, stout, grant him his liberty.-Gentlemen, and rational character, the other was do you agree with me? small, extremely thin, and very All the Judges.— Yes, yes-C'est (I here intimated by a gesture that juste ! he was somewhat flighty.)

On the utterance of these words, The same Judge.—The same: I I was embraced by those around see you know him.

I heard a shout of bravo! beAt this moment, the wicket lead- hind me, which proceeded from a ing to the stairs was opened, and M. number of heads closely grouped toMarque entered under an escort of gether at the air-hole of the wicket. three men. He had been formerly The President deputed three permy comrade in the King's regiment, sonst to announce the judgment to and was one of my fellow-prisoners the people. When they had done in the Abbaye. He was placed in so, they returned, desired me to put the corner I had occupied before my my hat on, and accompany them. I trial, and was apparently the next was led to the exterior of the Abin succession to take his own. baye. As soon as I was fairly in the

I resumed my address : After street, one of them cried out,“ Chathe unfortunate affair at Nanci, I peaux bas !-Citoyens, voila celui came to Paris, where I have since pour lequel vos juges demandent remained. I was arrested at my aide et secours.” These words were apartments twelve days since; an followed by shouts of “ Vive la Naevent which I so little expected, that tion!” I was placed in the centre of I invariably appeared in public as four torches, and conducted by the usual. The public seals have not executive authority ; an honour, been applied to my residence, as no which informed me that I was then thing in my chambers offered grounds under the safeguard of the people, of the slightest suspicion. I was who applauded clamorously as I never borne on the civil list-I have passed along. The first impulse of signed no petitions--I have main- my benevolent and friendly landlord, tained no reprehensible correspond- on my arrival at his house, was to ence-I have not quitted France offer to my escort the contents of his since the epoch of the Revolution. pocketbook,which they refused." No,

me.

* Here one of the judges trode on my foot, to warn me that I was about to compromise myself. I felt a contrary assurance.

t Of these three deputies, one was a mason-the other, a native of Bourges, was a wig-maker's apprentice-the third, who wore the uniform of the National Guard, was a fédéré.

sir, we do not perform our duty niac Saint-Méard, ancien officier . for money. There is your friend; coré, who has disproved the accusahe promised us a glass of eau-de- tions made against him, to the effect vie; when we have drunk it, we of his having conspired against the must return to our post.” They re patriots : we caused his innocence quired an attestation of my safe ar to be proclaimed in presence of the rival at my home; which having re- people, who applauded bis restoraceived, I accompanied them to the tion to liberty. By virtue of which, end of the street, and cordially em we have given him the present cerbraced them at our parting. In the tificate, at his request; and we heremorning a commissary brought me by invite all citizens to grant liim the following certificate :

aid and succour. " We, commissaries appointed by (Signed) “Porr .... Ber..... the people to do justice on the traitors detained in the prison of the Ab “ At the Abbaye. 4th year of Libaye, caused to appear before us, on berty, and 1st year of Equality.” the 4th September, the citizen Jourg

PASSAGES FROM THE DIARY OF A LATE PHYSICIAN.

CHAP. X.

A SLIGIIT COLD-RICH AND POOR-GRAVE DOINGS.

CONSIDER“ a slight cold” to be in -inflammation of the lungsmasthma the nature of a chill, caught by a sud- -CONSumption, the venomous repden contact with your grave: or, as

tile-the matter will be no more than occasioned by the damp finger of correctly figured. There are many Death laid upon you, as it were to

ways in which this «

egg" may be mark you for his, in passing to the deposited and hatched. Going sudmore immediate object of his com- denly, slightly clad, from a heated mission. Let this be called croaking, into a cold atmosphere, especially if and laughed at as such, by those who you can contrive to be in a state of are“ awearied of the painfulround of perspiration; sitting or standing in a life," and are on the look-out for their draught, however slight : it is the dismissal from it; but be learnt off breath of Death, reader, and laden by heart, and remembered as having with the vapours of the grave ! Ly: the force and truth of gospel,

by all ing in damp beds--for there his cold those who would “ measure out their arms shall embrace you ; continuing span upon the earth,” and are con in wet clothing, and neglecting wet scious of any constitutional flaw or feet-these, and a hundred others, feebleness ; who are distinguished by are some of the ways in which you any such tendency death-ward, as may slowly, imperceptibly, but surelong necks, narrow, chicken-chests ly cherish the creature, that shall at -very fair complexions-requisite last creep inextricably inwards, and sympathy with atmospheric varia- lie coiled about your very vitals. tions; or, in short, exhibit any symp- Once more, again-again-again-I toms of an asthmatic or consumptive would say, Attend to this, all ye

who character, if they choose to NEGLECT think it a small matter to-NEGLECT

A SLIGHT COLD ! Let not those complain of being So many painful-I may say dreadbitten by a reptile, which they have ful illustrations of the truth of the cherished to maturity in their very above remarks, are strewn over the bosoms, when they might have crush- pages of my Diary, that I scarce know ed it in the egg! Now, if we call which of them to select. The fol"a slight cold” the egg,* and pleurisy lowing melancholy“ instance” will,

A SLIGHT COLD.

Omnium prope quibus affligimur morborum origo et quasi semen, says an intelligent medical writer of the last century.

a

sorrow.

I hope, prove as impressive, as I most winning and soul-subduing tenthink it interesting.

derness. Much more might I say in Captain C— had served in the his praise, and truly—but that I have Peninsular campaigns with distin a melancholy end in view. Suffice guished merit; and on the return of it to add, that wherever he moved, the British army, sold out, and de- he seemed the sun of the social circle, termined to enjoy in private life an gazed on by many a soft starlike eye, ample fortune bequeathed him by a with trembling rapture-the envied distant relative. At the period I am object of speaking of, he was in his twentyninth or thirtieth year; and in per

“ Nods, becks, and wreathed smiles" son one of the very finest men lever from all that was fair and beautiful ! saw in my life. There was an air of He could not remain long disenease and frankness about his demean- gaged. Intelligence soon found its our, dashed with a little pensive way to town of his having formed an ness, which captivated every body attachment to Miss Ellen with whom he conversed_but the wealthy and beautiful northern heira ladies especially. It seemed the na ess, whose heart soon surrendered to tural effect produced on a bold but its skilful assailant. Every body was feeling heart, by frequent scenes of pleased with the match, and pronoun

Is not such an one formed ced it suitable in all respects. I had to win over the heart of woman ? In an opportunity of seeing Captain deed it seemed so—for at the period Cand Miss together at an I am speaking of, our English ladies evening party in London; for the were absolutely infatuated about the young lady's family spent the season military; and a man who had other in town, and were, of course, attendwise but little chance, had only to ed by the Captain, who took up his appear in regimentals, to turn the quarters in Street. A handsome scale in his favour. One would have couple they looked ! thought the race of soldiery was This was nearly twelve months about to become suddenly extinct; after their engagement; and most of for in almost every third marriage the preliminaries had been settled on that took place within two years of both sides, and the event was fixed the magnificent event at Waterloo to take place within a fortnight of whether rich or poor, high or low, a

Miss and family's return to redcoat was sure to be the “ princi

-shire. The last day of their stay pal performer.” Let the reader then, in town, they formed a large and gay being apprized of this influenza-for water party, and proceeded up the what else was it-set before his ima- river a little beyond Richmond, in gination the tall commanding figure a beautiful open boat belonging to of Captain ( his frank and no

Lord, a cousin of the Captain's. ble bearing-his excellent family. It was rather late before their return; his fortune, upwards of four thousand and long ere their arrival at Westa-year-and calculate the chances in minster stairs, the wind and rain his favour! I met him several times combined against the party, and asin private society, during his stay in sailed them with a fury against which town, and have his image vividly in their awning formed but an insuffi. my eye as he appeared in the last cient protection. Captain Chad evening we met. - He wore a blue taken an oar for the last few miles; and coat, white waistcoat, and an ample as they had to pullagainst a strong tide, black neck-kerchief. His hair was his task was not a trifling one. When very light, and disposed with natural he resigned his oar, he was in a pergrace over a remarkably fine fore. fect bath of perspiration : but he head, the left corner of which bore drew on his coat, and resumed the the mark of a slight sabre-cut. His seat he had formerly occupied beeye, bright hazel-clear and full- side Miss at the back of the which you would in your own mind boat. The awning unfortunately got instantly compare to that of rent immediately behind where they “ Mars--to threaten and command,"

sat; and what with the splashing of

the water on his back, and the squalwas capable of an expression of the ly gusts of wind which incessantly

VOL. XXIX. NO, CLXXXI.

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