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whose glare only brought to me the thoughts of confu- in its turn to occupy a place among the amusements of sion and disgrace. As we ascended the stair together, the evening, the pulses of the air seemed all at once my tormentor pressed my arm in a transport of delight, to assume a sensible form and motion, and to vibrate and whispered that we should keep together the whole in the magic circles of innumerable fair flounces. evening. This announcement, and the critical point Here, shining in the glossy folds of white satin, a tall of my situation, inspired me with a desperate courage. and elegant figure glanced athwart the eye with the With a cunning which is often the result of extremity mien of a Grecian female, her head sweeping aloft, I told him that it was a rule of fashion, for an indivi- a plume of Maraboo feathers, and there a pair of dual never to be seen twice with the same person, in handsome ancles, bound after the fashion of the Tye public, and advised him to distribute his attentions rian virgins, shewed their modest shapes beneath among as many of the company as he could. We had a white flounce adorned with gold trimming. The then arrived at the first landing place on the stair, and, eye, which traversed with phrenzied pleasure “the as there were two passages leading to the saloon, I gay and festive scene," then rested with delight on pointed to the left, desiring him to follow it, while I, the sweet countenance of a rosy girl, whose dark resolutely, sprung up the right, and hastened to get tresses, contrasting with a bunch of roses and confined into the room before he should make his debut. In within a silver band, and her light form, flitting in my haste I rudely stepped in before a handsome gen- airy pink, made her look like Iris, the messenger of tleman, wearing upon his upper lip its unshorn trea- Juno “ drawing a thousand colours from the adverse sure, and supporting a tall and elegant lady dressed in n.” Again, the attention was claimed by the black satin. I cast one glance back to read the effects circling movements of the waltzers, and, conspicuous of my misdemeanour, and almost sunk to the ground as among the rest, like the leading deer, a wbite plume my eyes encountered a face whick spoke any offence nodding over a suit of sables, pointed out a gay queen against it, a violation of majesty.
of fashion. Then, “observed of all observers,” a The effect of the lights, and the music and the sound snowy, swan-like form, supported by a pleasant of of human voices, though it at first stunned me a little, ficer, swam past the eye, with Parisian elegance, difrecovered me partly from my confusion. Before I fusing scintillations of light from golden sprigs of had advanced far, I was saluted by some acquaint- jessamine. Countenances expressive of sweetness, ances, and found myself among a circle of ladies who and figures moulded in the cast of dignity, pursued were busily talking about some expected mysterious each other in never ending round. “ Beauties, which event. “
When will he come ?” said one. “ What is he even a Cynic might avow," there shewed their lilies and like?" said another. “ Good gracious !” exclaimed a roses, the peculiar graces of their clime, and the Moor, third, “ he may be among us just now.” “Aye!” re
who stood that night gazing upon the lovely groups, plied a vivacious ladies' man, who now joined the might have fancied group," he may be at your elbow, Madam; for I re
" Paradise within his view, member I was once speaking about him at a large
And all its houris beckoning too." party, when I turned round, and saw him listening to But, who is she, calm as a summer sky, beautiful as me over my shoulder.” “O! you have seen him ? the morning, who advances, robed in the pure colour What was he like?” cried a host of voices at once, of the sun, and imparting a share of her own light to and a dead silence ensued while the smart wag the society which live around her? With tresses gravely shook his head and answered, “ Nay, that I like the glittering forest leaves, which glance back the can scarce tell ; for, before I could recover from my rays
of the sun, and with a smile like that which wakens surprise, he vanished through a door and I could only
nature in a morning of May? Is it thou, beautiful catch a glimpse of the tail -"“ Wbat, Mr.
Wbat, Mr. —! among the daughters of Scotland, and blooming as the you saw his tail !” enquired a lady in a black gowil, rose of Shiraz? Dost thou, who erst veiled thy charms trimmed with white scollops in the skirt.
in subduing sable, now shew thy perfect power of tail of his coat, Ma'am, and that, as nearly as I could pleasing, by assuming the garb of cheerful white? discover, was a pea green.” The breathless suspense Art thou ever ovely, both in the emblem of night, which had hung over the group here gave way for a and as the goddess of day, and hast thou chosen that little, and I had an opportunity to ask, who was the those hearts which thy solemn suit bad wounded, individual alluded to. “0, Mr. !" replied the should own the power of thy beauty, when adorned lady in black, “ you are just comc, and have not with sprightly vesture? heard as talking about the gentleman who wears These were the spontaneous feelings which sprung the Spectacles of The Day! It is expected that he up in my heart, as I gazed for the first time on the belle will visit the Assembly to-night, and we are looking of the evening, and I could not help wishing myself out for his appearance." These words were no a handsome young foreigner, that I might support on sooner uttered, than I felt my toe violently trod upon, my arm so precious a burden. I was arrested in such and, looking to the side, I saw my Highland friend, reflections by a voice behind me, which I recognized jogging me with all his might, and winking in such a to be the unwelcome one of the Laird of Loch-na-meol. manner as to intimate that there was a secret between -Hoping to escape from his intrusion, I endeavoured us both, which was not known to the rest of those to move off among the crowd, but, before my object present. I could have grinned with rage upon the of- could be accomplished, his hand was on my shoulder. ficious fellow, but, fearing lest his signs might pro- “ Here!” said he, “what is that gentleman with the duce a discovery, I went with him to another part of blue coat and silk lining to the tails of it?" the room. He was very anxious that I should intro- “ That, I believe, is one of the stewards,” was my duce him to a tasteful figure, in bright red, and al
reply most ran mad after a young lady whom I had only “ Just so, and, think you, will he have any ginger
once before in public, decorated with lace and beer, for there are some ladies that I want to give a white roses. I took pity, however, upon their pretty drink to ?” faces, and got my guest saddledon one of those fragrant O! hang this fellow, thought I, he takes a steward evergreens, which, by an anomaly in the science of of an assembly for a cork drawer. Woe betide me! nomenclature, are denominated wallflowers.
if I am to endure the scorn of his ignorance. With all Now, left to myself, I had leisure to reconnoitre the the art I was master of, I endeavoured to get rid of room, and the first thing that struck
was, him, with an indefinite answer, but all to no effect. the profusion of white dresses, certainly the most ap- Like Sinbad's old man, he again got me into his propriate colour for a dancing saloon. The fairy gripe, and seemed determined not to let me get off forms which moved, with swan-like grace, through the as long as he had questions to ask, and remarks to quadrille, derived additional beauty from the undula- make. He was very much pleased with the company tions of snowy vestments, and, when the waltz came -thought this lady, in white, with the profusion of
curls, pretty, and that neat figure, in pink, absolutely had purchased for the occasion. I observed to him, bewitching. The tall lady with the Grecian profile, that it was the established rule of publie parties, for and the other with the alabaster skin and aqualine the guests who left first, to take the best hats with nose were, decidedly, elegant, but rather too slim for them, and that he could not expect to have a better his taste. But what dwelt with most weight upon
than that which fell to his share, considering how many his mind, was that he could not get an opportunity had been served before him. This, however, was of dancing a reel. Gallopades, waltzes and quadrilles, poor consolation, and he insisted upon our making had completely tired him, and I found his whole some attempt to recover the lost beaver. This sugamusement had consisted in conversing with the ladies. gested to me a scheme for ridding myself of his comHe was now determined, however, to attempt a qua- pany, and for revenging myself on him, for the misery drille, and, though I foresaw that he would expose
which he had caused me. « Well,” said I, “if you himself, I could not resist the temptation of introduc- are anxious about your hat, the only place where I ing him to a partner, and thus getting rid of him my- think it is likely to be found, is the coal hole; and if self.
In leading him across the room, I observed you please, we shall go there to seek it.” that one of my acquaintances, whom I meet frequently " What !" said he, surprised beyond measure, “and at a billiard room, cut me, after looking very hard is it in a coal hole that they put a gentleman's hat?" at my companion.
Stay! my friend, you do not understand—the coal Again master of myself, I lounged about the room hole is a sort of finish for young bloods.”—“ Yes, trust with the view of securing myself a place in the next you there,” he rejoined. It is a finish for new hats at dance. In my cruize I was passed by a very pretty and genteel figure in white muslin, with a satin band, With some persuasion, I got him to accompany me whom I understood to be a debutante, leaning upon the to that famous resort of merriment, and, before he well arm of a learned gentleman, and I was ultimately suc- knew where he was, I had him pushed into the room, cessful enough to engage the hand of a bandsome belle where several choice spirits of my acquaintance had arrayed in the same colour, whose gay shawl had often already assembled. "Gentlemen, here is Mr. Spectacles attracted my admiration to the fair owner on a forenoon. of The Day"-I cried as I thrust him in among them, We took our station beside the ropes, and were quiet- and no sooner were the words out of my mouth, than I ly waiting for a gay young spark, who could get no had secured the door on the outside, thus rendering lady to dance with him, as they were all engaged useless any attempt at escape from within, and then three deep, and were refusing all invitations with some walked leisurely off, while my ears were gratified with hauteur, when, to my horror, who should appear as our the cries of " out with Mr. Spectacles, duck him, bag vis à vis but my unwearied persecutor ? His feelings him,” which effectually drowned all the unfortunate were of a different kind from mine; for he nodded over Highlander's attempts at expostulation. to me balf a dozen times with the greatest glee, and seemed desirous to make me mad, with showing our
ORIGINAL OETRY. acquaintance, by every hideous expression which his face could muster. It was no relief from this dumb
TO ANNE. show, when the dancing began, for my friend was so untutored in that art, that he used a quick reel step
(An Impromptu at the last Assembly.)
Need I name the charms that win me, the whole time he was upon the floor, and made such
Need I tell the love within me, bungling, in trying to execute the figures of the quad
Who that looks upon thy beauty, rilles, that we were soon obliged, though very much
But must own that love's a duty. against his will, to resume our seats.
Teach thy skin to doff its whiteness, Stung with as much mortification as I could have
Bid thine eyes to lose their brightness, felt, had I committed the blunders myself, I slunk
Then my prayers will cease to move thee,
Then, my Anne, I'll cease to love thee. away, and endeavoured to escape being noticed as the friend of a person wbo bad created so much confusion.
But while beauteous forms and faces In fact, I was just upon the point of quitting the room,
Speak the heart's enchanting graces ;
And wbile these are lavish'd o'er thee, when a young dragoon, who makes a good figure on
Still, I must, and will, adore thee! horseback, requested me to stay, as he wished to introduce me to a very promising young lady, dressed
MISCELLANEA. with blond sleeves, who had come out that evening. I returned, therefore, and, as I went to speak to one of Srean Navigation.— There is one very important point of the directresses, I heard the Highland accents of distinction between America and Englaud with respect to Steam Loch-na-meol. He was seated upon a sofa, between
Navigation. The Americaus have no steam-vessels that go to two ladies, making his jokes upon a number of waiting
sea, or so few that they need hardly be counted. A few boats
make passages up and down the Strait that lies between Long maids in the orchestra, which was employed, on this Island and the main land of New York, and one or two run from occasion, for the purpose of giving strangers of that Boston to ports in the North ; but, with these exceptions, the description, a peep at well dressed people. The High- steam navigation of America, magnificent as it is, may be consilander was quite delighted to have an opportunity of
dered as confined to the fresh water, while that of Britain may be
said as yet to be exclusively on the ocean. Nor is this adduced shewing his rustic taste, in criticising the looks of these
as a mere point of curious distinction ; it involves in its essence a spectators ; but there was, probably, no other person
difference of the highest national importance. The steam-boats in the room, who did not wish that, instead of the scar
of America are not tit, either by their form or the nature of their let cloth affair, the orchestra bad been kept in its pro- materials, to stand the action of the sea for ten minutes; and, in per place.
like manner, the men by whom they are navigated are not sea
men in any sense of the word. It is very true that an American Luckily, I did not attract his observation just then,
is a bardy, active, and ingenious fellow-up to anything and everyand I sat a little with the matron I was seeking, whose thing ; but for all this versatility of talent and ductility of purcomely and good humoured countenance restored me pose, it is not possible all at once to convert him into a salt-water some comfort. In a short while, I observed a number sailor, any more than it is possible to render his river steam-boat
a sea-going craft. On the coasts of this empire, on the other of people were going away. I took the opportunity to
hand, we are daily bringing up in our steamers an additional set make my exit as quietly as possible. I did not, however,
of seamen, as valuable as any which the coasting trade has given accomplish this without being observed by my faithful birth to in past times, while all our old sources of supply remain Achates, who fastened himself upon me in the passage. untouched.- Quarterly Review. We proceeded down stairs together, and were looking
NOVEL ENGLISH.— Byron, in one of his notes appended to out for a noddy, when, all at once, my companion disco
Don Juan, says :—" Anent is a Scotch phrase which has been
made English by the Scotch novels.”-A novel way of king vered that he had got an old hat, instead of a spick-and
English! We shrewdly guess the “ Great Magician's Wand” span-new one, which, in the simplicity of his heart, he
bas been at work here.
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The verses to the “Comet," by “ A Neighbouring Star," are too eccentric for our taste.
The paper of “ Ap admirer," we suspect, would not excite the admiration of the public. The story is common-place.
The Epistle, asking us, wbether we were serious when we wrote the Article “ On the Highland Character,” requires po
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The following Epistle, connected with the subject of Law, Law. yers and Litigants, will be found worthy of the attention and consideration of our readers. The proposal of our correspondent is one wbich we would be glad to see carried into effect, but we agree with him that the formation of a code, like that of the Code Napoleon, is surrounded with many difficulties,
To the Editor of The Day. SIR,_Your able paper on Law, Lawyers and Litigants," while it contains many sound truths well expressed, leaves, at the same time, an opening for some few remarks.
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sion ; but, still I think do not make sufficient allowance for these feelings, which it must be allowed alone originate in the delays and uncertainty of the law,
It appears strange that, while a single sitting of a court of justice suffices to determine the life or death of a human being, years must elapse before the disputed succession to an estate can be settled. A friend of mine, by the death of a relative, had, about twenty-six years ago, a portion of an estate in a neighbouring county bequeathed to him, the co-heirs denied his right, and a law. suit was the result. The case bas ever since been travelling alternately between the Court of Session and the House of Lords, and, though he has bad repeated decisions in his favour, he is only now, when arrived at an advanced period of life, about to receive what ought to have been his property twenty-six years back. Now, Sir, though it might possibly have taken more than a day to decide this question, I cannot help thinking that, under a proper system, with some little previous examination into the merits of the case, a day being appointed, documents produced, and witnesses examined, as in criminal cases, that a decision could have been arrived at within an extremely moderate period. One of the great evils of British law is, that it is founded on no certain principles; its existence chiefly depends on the decisions of former judges, and the commentaries of writers upon their opinions. Again, these decisions are daily liable to be overturned by succeeding judges, showing that there must be something extremely unsettled in the foundation of that, which every newly-fledged judge can so easily upset. The study of British law may prove a quickener to the intellect, and may be calculated “to impress upon the miud of the student, the principles of justice, equity and truth.” But, I doubt very much, if the law itself be likely to instil an admiration of the same principles in the minds of those suitors, who are dragged withio its pale, whether in a righteous or an unrighteous cause. The law of this country, is in truth, an expensive luxury, for the gratification of the rich man's petulance or envy-to the poor it presents no evenhanded justice, that is a prize beyond his reach. Our demand therefore, is, to possess cheap and speedy justice-justice to all classes in society—and, though speed may occasionally carry injustice in its train, better is it to bave even that quickly, than years of expensive litigation and annoyance.
I am glad to find, that you acknowledge the evils of the present system; but, I am afraid that it is not the abolishing of fees to useless servants, and altering the forms of procedure, that will alone bring about the desired end—the numerous scattered acts of the legislature, and the leading features of a proper system of law ought to be collected together into one pational code, to which every man might refer and apply to his own case. Difficulties no doubt might arise, cases might occur which no code could comprise; but these, as they happened, might be made to form a fitting appendix to the grand code, and in the course of a few years, we might have laws, which, if not absolutely perfect, would be as near perfection as any human institution could well arrive at.
There are no doubt many plausible objections to a code, but, they appear greatly counter-balanced by the advantages likely to accrue from it. The formation of one is a task titted for some master mind, and such a man the country at present possesses : were his energies directed to this point, and joining to it, a more rational mode of procedure than the present, no man need despair of seeing the laws of his country possessed of a clearness and aptitude of application, very different from the mystery and doubt which overshadow the present absurd system.
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GLASGOW, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21, 1832.
A SUNDAY AT VERSAILLES.
FOREIGN SKETCHES.No. I.
The splendour of the Palace is almost proverbial. Every succeeding hall and chamber exceeds another
in beauty and chasteness of design-in excellence of ALMOST every town and village, in the neighbourhood execution—in happy appropriation and harmony of of Paris, has its particular fête days, to which not only painting—in profusion of mirrors—in richness of gildthe inhabitants of the surrounding country, but also
ing, and in the magnificence of the tout ensemble. The hordes from the capital, are attracted. That of Versailles, first five halls to which we were introduced, were each certainly not the least esteemed, takes place the first dedicated to a particular fabled god or goddess, and Sunday of May, and as I was resolved to see everything had each paintings and devices suitable to their attriI joined the crowds that were proceeding in every sort buted qualifications, actions or pursuits. For instance, of vehicle, to assist at that scene of festivity. At an early the Salle de Hercule, was adorned with delineations hour I hurried to the Place Louis Quinze, and took a of the feats of that demi-god by Paul Veronese. The place in one of those machines known in Paris under Salle de Venus had no painting but what pourtrayed the appellation of a “cuccu." This vehicle was love's tender passion. Even the bust of Louis XIV. drawn by two perfect rozinantes, attached to it in the
was appropriately placed here, for we find him to have most clumsy manner—the driver had on his Sunday been as zealous a worshipper of the goddess of love dress, but withal, was still a figure sufficiently pic- as he was of his other tutelar deity the god of war. turesque for the pencil of a Cruikshanks or a Vernet, The Salle d'Apollo was crowded with paintings and while the tout ensemble, to say the least of it, would devices, emblematical of the arts and sciences over have made a most choice frontispiece to Miss Edge- wbich he rules. The Salle de Mars was filled with worth's account of Irish posting. The driver had, military trophies, and that de Mercure was adorned however, fully as much spirit as the Hibernian postil- with paintings of the seasons. The three succeeding lion, that is to say, he would not permit any one to halls were even still more magnificent: the first, la pass him on the road, and, although the horses appear. Salle de la Guerre, had its roof painted with the ed both stiff and lame when starting, we found them emblems and the effects of war, and its one side ornato accord completely with the driver's description, that mented with a painting of Louis XIV. on horseback. “ quand nous sommes en route, ils iront à merveille.”
This hall proved, as it were, an anti-chamber to la After many “sacres,” an infinity of "forçons,” and grande gallerie, the largest and most esteemed hall of " allons," we arrived at Versailles in time for break.
the palace. The length of this gallery is 220 feet, is fast, notwithstanding the thousand threatening creaks supported by marble pillars, and has its walls actually of the vehicle to break down or to go in pieces, and covered with mirrors. Besides a profusion of work on mirabile dictu without any damage except the trifling the cornices, it has its roof also covered with paintings, loss of two or three inches of whip cord.
representing all the prominent actions of Louis XIV. Versailles is certainly one of the neatest and best built by the excellent pencil of Lebrnn. At the further towns for its size in France. Its streets are broad and end of this gallery is another hall, similar to the Salle clean, and every thing bespeaks, what it actually is, the de la guerre, termed la salle de la paix, which, like the residence of a genteel population. The Boulevards du other, serves as an anti-chamber. In this, Louis XV. Roi and de la Reine are great ornaments to the city, is painted in the attitude of offering the olive branch and, along with the grounds around the Palace, which to Europe, surrounded with all the emblems of peace, like all other things belonging to the crown, are commerce, agriculture and the fine arts. The appearlaid open to the public, prove a constant and de- ance of these three rooms has every thing that can lightful promenade to its inhabitants. But the chief impress one with just ideas of true grandeur, unalloyed thing that makes Versailles so interesting to the with vulgar profuseness-nothing has been sparedstranger is its magnificent Palace. The approach to yet nothing has been expended in vain. They have this royal domain is by a straight avenue of trees, been painted by the first masters, designed by the best which leads into an extensive parterre, through which architects, and finished, altogether, with the purest are scattered statues, vases, casts and fountains. taste. To go over the chambers we saw would be an Above this parterre, rises a terrace, upon which stands endless task—that of the Queen, may, however, be the magnificent edifice, whose façade has all that regu- mentioned as possessing a gold ceiling—and that where larity of design and execution which a building, so im- Louis XIV. died, from the circumstance of no person mense, ought to possess. Its situation is commanding, having slept in it since his death ; and it may be also and from the terrace there is a most extensive and noticed that in this last apartment there is a very exvaried prospect. The park was laid out by Le Notre, quisite painting of Jupiter wrestling with the Giants, under Louis XIV., and, like all those designed and by Paul Veronese. Like many other sbows, the serplanted by that esteemed gardener, consists of straight vants of the Palace had reserved the best sight for the broad avenues, lined with trees, fantastical cascades, last. Just before quitting the chateau, we were conbasins, ponds, jettes d'eau, and a profusion of statues ducted to the Tribune du Roi, certainly the most and casts—of all that stiff unbending magnificence sumptuous and rich, in decoration, that we had seen: that is still so well suited to French taste, and still so its pavement is composed of alternate diamonds, of accordant with their idea of perfection in the art of white and black marble—its roof was painted by La gardening. There is an air of grandeur, peculiarly Fosse, and its dome by Coypel, the last representing consonant to the habitation of royalty, in this mode of Le Pere Eternel looking down with a fatherly eye laying out grounds, although it must be allowed that upon the throne, which occupies the farther end of Nature's dictates are, almost entirely, set at nought. the apartment. Nature, in fact, is sacrificed to art.
On leaving the chateau, I proceeded to a smaller
palace at the further end of the Park, called the Scotland, there can hardly be any thing more ridicu«« Grand Trianon," built by Louis XIV., for Madame lous in appearance (especially after frequent repetition) Maintenon. It is elegantly furnished, and has been than the manoeuvres attendant on amass. The continued more in use than the ehateau itself, which has been bowing and kneeling—the frequent kissing of the alchiefly kept for show. On entering this palace we tar—the unceasing crossing, and the endless taking off were ushered into an oval apartment, in the centre of and putting on of caps, on the part of the priests, has which stood a large table covered with green velvet. far more the aspect of showmen amusing a mob, than “Look at that table,” whispered a French gentleman, clergymen employed in the sacred and solemn exercise “ it was around that, that the Russian campaign was of worship; and, when there are added to this the horrid devised." I started at the information, and, surprised, bawlings, and monotonous voices of a country choir, looked a little sceptical, “ Mais c'est trop vrai,” said accompanied by the grunting of a couple of divine serthe unknown. This addendum even made me look more pents, one is very apt to forget he is in the house of than twice at the singular piece of furniture, and im- God, and to be totally unimpressed with those sacred mediately I began to fancy to myself, that I saw the dispositions which such a place is wont to inspire. groupe of warriors and statesmen, seated in deep divan It is in country churches that one is most struck around it, on that portentous day, when the fates of with the absurdity of Catholie forms. In Paris, Europe and of Napoleon were, as it were, in the cast there is so inuch glare, such heavenly music, such of a die. I pictured also, to myself, the guardian strict observance of propriety and decorum, and, angel of Europe, which had been hovering around to in fine, such sacredness of aspect, both on the part of watch the deliberations, in the act of presenting to the priests and people, that even a Protestant is actually ambitious eye of Napoleon a scroll, containing the very made a worshipper, and is impressed with religious plan that was to conduct him to Moscow ; and he, losing his natural presence of mind and deep foresight, in If the scene in the chapel struck me as being, the expected glory of being hailed as Emperor of Eu- in form, somewhat indecorous, the actions without rope and dictator to the world, is about to grasp the its walls were, in every thing, at variance with the glorious offer, which his too wary but then unheard strictness of the Protestant creed, with respect to Talleyrand sees was but to be an ignus fatuus to light Sabbath observance. The Fair had now commenced, him to destruction! The only rooms which struck my
with a bustle and noise little inferior to that of Barfancy in this palace were le salon de la querre, filled tholemew, in London--the streets were crowded with with various pictures, by Vernet and Paul Potter, and temporary shops, selling every article of clothing, all some exquisitely finished models of ships of war; and kinds of household stuffs, fruits, pastry, pictures and la chambre de la reine, the walls and roof of which, with jewellery--spectacles of every kind were ranged along the drapery of the bed, were of blue silk, embroidered the boulevards the everywhere-to-be-met-with punwith gold spots. At one of the extremities of the chinello consequently could not be a wanting on this park, belonging to this palace, stands le petit Trianon, occasion-and, in fact, with his other brethren, were said to have been built by Louis XV., for Madame playing their most pauseous tricks and maneuvres on Pompadour. This house, with its gardens and grounds, every hand, to the delight of the gaping multitude forms a perfect paradise. The interior decorations of the pranks of monkeys and bears called, also, for a the mansion are executed with great simplicity and portion of public favour, while the grimacer and taste, and the grounds, from being laid out in the true quack doctor, each attended by a band of musicians, English style, give to it all that natural beauty which is made out exactly one's idea of a Dutch concert-furso much awanting in the pleasure grounds of Le Notre. ther, from the faces of the crowd, was seen the royal Knowing me to be an Englishman, the gardener was very round-about, in constant motion, sickening children for assiduous in pointing out everything that merited obser- a sous—whilst, under the shade of the trees, were obvation, demanding, at the close of every remark, if this, served, groupes dancing quadrilles to no indifferent or that, was not precisely done as in England. 1, of orchestra. There were, certainly, elegance and ease in course, answered in the affirmative, although I was oft- the dancing of these rustics, not often to be met with en aware I had seldom seen a sight of equal beauty, even among the genteeler orders in Britain. The Every thing that art can do to assist nature bas been greatest happiness and cordiality seemed to exist done here, and there is, certainly, more of that roman- amongst the dancers ; for, at the conclusion of every tic and picturesque effect produced here, than in any quadrille, each couple embraced most lovingly. It was work of art that has come under my observation. Our a fete, and every one had their hearts in the amusewalk winded through a thicket of brushwood trees, ments of the day, and a person who is acquainted with over artificial rocks to the side of a picturesque water- the levity, frivolity, and fire of the French character, fall, whose waters fall into a lake, near which rises will scarcely picture to himself a scene of greater life the tower of Malbrook, and around whose banks and variety, than what the streets and boulevards of has been erected a small village, built only for effect. Versailles this day exhibited. As I looked upon the The scene, altogether, resembles some Scottish cla- scene before me, I could not help contrasting the prechan, without the accompaniment of squalling children sent noise, bustle and business of Versailles, and the and dirty doors. But, besides these natural beauties, frivolity and carelessness of its general population, the grounds possess a temple, dedicated to Venus, in with the peaceful sober aspect of our Scottish cities, the centre of which is a tolerable good statue of that and the decorum and piety observable in the outward goddess by Bocard, and, near the house, a handsome duties and employment of their inhabitants, on a simitheatre, built to celebrate the nuptials of Marie An- lar day. It is happy for a nation, when its population ţionette. The Petit Trianon is, doubtless, a most envia- can look with pleasure to a day of repose, and to an ble residence. It answers exactly, to the description of hour of solemn meditation. One may calculate, that a the poet's Elysian home, and to the lover's dwelling nation thus minded, still possesses principles of moral place, and I am not surprised that Marie Antoinette rectitude—some shadow of that image that was impressmade choice of such a spot, as her place of retreat and ed on man at his creation--some of those amiable feel. seclusion from the world, to enjoy a day of solitude ings that yet link man to heaven, and keep up the chain and an hour of love.
of communication with his Maker. But, when a naOn returning to Versailles we proceeded to the tion exemplifies a hatred to every thing like sobriety, Church. This we found to be like all other places of or thoughtfulness—when a Sabbath cannot be endured worship, belonging to those professing Catholic tenets : except when it brings along with it a fleece of amusewalls adorned with pictures, images, and bassi relievi, ments—then, there is a fear that the grand principles and the altar piece, either representing the Virgin of morality and religion are broken up, and the fair Mary, or our Saviour on the cross. To one that has qualities that are productive of real happiness—which been brought up under the simplicity of the Church of give birth to patriotism, to valour, to domestic bliss