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This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 285 pages of information about The Idler in France.

It is now decided that we go to England!  Two years ago I should have returned there with gladness, but now!—­I dread it.  How changed will all appear without him whose ever-watchful affection anticipated every wish, and realised every hope!  I ought to feel pleased at leaving Paris, where the heaviest trial of my life has occurred, but here I have now learned to get inured to the privation of his society, while in England I shall have again to acquire the hard lesson of resignation.

November, 1830.—­This is the last entry I shall make in my journal in Paris, for to-morrow we depart for England.

I have passed the day in taking leave of those dear to me, and my spirits have failed under the effort.  Some of them I shall probably never again behold.  The dear and excellent Madame Craufurd is among those about whom I entertain the most melancholy presentiments, because at her advanced age I can hardly hope to find her, should I again return to France.  She referred to this to-day with streaming eyes, and brought many a tear to mine by the sadness of her anticipations.

The Duc and Duchess de Guiche I shall soon see in England, on their route to Edinburgh, to join tho exiled family at Holyrood, for they are determined not to forsake them in adversity.

Adieu a Paris! two years and a half ago I entered you with gladness, and the future looked bright; I leave you with altered feelings, for the present is cheerless and the future clouded.

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NOTES

[1:  Now Baron d’Haussey.]

[2:  The hermitage was lent him by Madame d’Epinay, to whom his subsequent ingratitude forms a dark page in her Memoires.]

[3:  The present Lord Abinger.]

[4:  Now Lord Glenelg.]

[5:  Now Lord Francis Egerton.]

[6:  Now Madame Emile de Girardin.]

[7:  “Where thou beholdest Genius,
    There thou beholdest, too, the martyr’s crown.”]

[8:  The present Earl of Cadogan.]

[9:  The Duc de Guiche, being premier menin to the Dauphin, used, according to custom, the arms and liveries of that prince.]

[10:  Now Marechal.]

INDEX TO THE CONTENTS.

CHAPTER I.

NISMES.

Antiquities of this City—­The Hotel du Midi—­Articles of
Merchandise—­History of the Maison Carree—­Work of Poldo d’Albenas—­The
Building described—­Origin of it—­Now used as a Museum—­Monument to
Marcus Attius—­Cardinal Alberoni—­Barbarous Project—­Removal of
Antiquities—­The Amphitheatre described—­Charles Martel—­Excellent
Precaution in Roman Theatres—­Inscription—­Officious Cicerone—­Gate of
Augustus—­La Tour-Magne—­Excavations—­Fine Fountain—­Temple of
Diana—­Brevity of Human Life, 1.

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