Unexpected Events—Mr. and Mrs. Mathews—Their son, Charles—Evening Party—Recitations and Songs—Pleasant Recollections—Visit to the Jardin des Plantes—Amusing Incident—Humorous Imitations—Intellectual Powers—Recourse to Reading—The Comte Montalembert—His Grief on the Death of his Daughter—Restraint imposed by Society—Fate of the Unfortunate—The Prince and Princess Soutzo—Particulars relative to them—Reverse of Fortune—Mr. Rogers and Mr. Luttrell—Memory of Lord Byron—His Lampoon on Rogers—Love of Sarcasm—Conversation of Mr. Luttrell—Lord John Russell—His Qualifications—Monsieur Thiers—Monsieur Mignet—His Vigorous Writings—Friendship between Thiers and Mignet—The Baron Cailleux—Visit to the Louvre—Taste for the Fine Arts—The Marquis and Marquise de B—— —Clever People—Lord Allen and Sir Andrew Barnard—The Culinary Art, 230.
Mr. Rogers and Mr. Luttrell—Society of Refined Englishmen—Mercurial Temperament of the French—Opposite Characters—M. Erard’s Collection of Pictures—Antique Bijouterie—Lord Pembroke—The Duke of Hamilton—Dr. Parr—Reproof of the Duc de Blacas—Monsieur Mignet—His great Knowledge—A Clever Man—Influence of Conscience—Abilities of Lord Palmerston—Lord Castlereagh—His Uncle, the late Marquess of Londonderry—Dangers of Fashion—Mr. Cutlar Fergusson—The Baron and Baroness de Ruysch—A Mind at Ease—Dreary Weather—Sad State of the Streets—Fogs—Fascination of Madame Grassini—Sledge Party—Sledge of the Duc de Guiche—That of Comte d’Orsay—Picturesque Night Scene—Revival of an Old Fashion—The Prince Polignac—His Amiable Manners—His Difficult Position, 242.
Effects of Indisposition—Instability of Earthly Blessings—Captain William Anson (Brother of Lord Anson)—His varied Acquirements—The pretty Madame de la H—— —Prince Paul Lieven—Captain Cadogan (now Earl Cadogan)—Life at Sea—Visit to the Duchesse de Guiche—Her Warmth and Gentleness of Manner—Political Crisis—The Conquest of Algiers—General Excelmans—Rash Measure—Charles the Tenth—His Ministry unpopular—Prosperity of France—Extorted Concessions— Dissolution of the Chambers—The Public Press—Controversy—Commotion before the Hotel of the Ministre des Finances—The Ministers insulted—Counsel of the Duc de Guiche—Serious Aspect of Affairs—Crowds in the Streets—Household of Charles the Tenth—Noblesse of his Court—Confusion and Alarm—Riotous Conduct—Firing on the People—Formation of Barricades—Absence of the Civil Authorities—Nocturnal Impressions—Comtes d’Orsay and Valeski—Scene in the Place de la Bourse—The Corps-de-Garde set on Fire—Darkness in the Rue Richelleu.—Further disturbances—Continued Depredations—Breach between the People and the Sovereign—Anecdote of Monsieur Salvandy, 225.