770, succeeded to the throne Nov. 16, 1797, and died June 7, 1840.
The Crown Prince was his son, Frederick William IV., who was born Oct. 15, 1795, and died at Sans-Souci, Potsdam, Jan. 2, 1861.
He married Elizabeth, daughter of Maximilian, of Bavaria.
Prince William, brother of Frederick William IV., and now Emperor of Germany, was born March 22, 1797, and succeeded on his brother's death to the throne.
He married, in 1829, a daughter of the Grand Duke Charles Frederick, of Saxe-Weimar. Thheart a very good man, but an absolutist.
Austria is quiet and happy; but when Prince Metternich leaves the stage it will lose its present influence, and possibly the Germanic Confederation, which it now bullies, will be dissolved.
The King of Bavaria is a patron of art, a bigot, a libertine, and a bad poet.
The royal family of Naples is disgusting from its profligacy and violation of all laws.
The Pope,—I mean his Holiness the Pope,—through the skilful attentions of a foreign physician, ha
r in the open air. Man's season is over; but God's is come.
If, then, you are in Rome during the summer, you will see high solemnities of the Church enough without witnessing those of Easter.
Corpus Christi day, at the end of June, will be enough for you. See, as you propose, Sicily,—though I would make but a short stay there; then go to Naples where there is much to interest; the Museum is very rich, both in antiquities and paintings: and then, on one side, there is Pompeii, Herculaneum, Vesuvius, Paestum; and, on the other Baiae, Cumae, &c. Do not fail to procure Valery's book on Italy, in French; the Brussels edition is in one volume, and therefore more portable, as well as cheaper than the three volumes of Paris.
This book is the production of a scholar; and all the spots are described with references to the ancient classics.
To you in particular, who have not had the advantage of an early classical education, it will be indispensable.
Read also Eustace's Classical Tour and M