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[251] day; also visited some other apartments, beautiful indeed, which are used as committee-rooms by the peers, particularly the bedchamber of Marie de Medicis, which was a truly royal apartment, decorated in the most sumptuous style, with panels richly gilt and painted in compartments by Nicolas Poussin, and with the ceiling richly painted by Rubens and Champagne. Such aid did the arts lend to the luxury of palaces; and such splendors were displayed in the bedchamber of a princess!

Called on Mr. Warden1 this morning, with a letter of introduction from Mr. Sparks. He treated me quite civilly. He was formerly American consul, and is at present a member of the French Institute. In the evening, called upon Foelix; he was just going out upon business, and without any ceremony left me to talk with his sisters. I spent about two hours or more ‘airing’ my French in this conversation.

Feb. 14. Heard this morning, at the École de Droit, M. Oudot,2 whom I had formerly seen presiding at an examination of students. He lectured on hypothecation. His manner was uninteresting.

This forenoon, took a walk through the Faubourg St. Germain, the seat of the old noblesse of France. The houses are large and magnificent; but they stand back from the street, and have in front a high stone wall, say ten feet high. There is a wide porte-cochere, the entrance to the court on which the houses stand.

This evening visited Foelix, where I met the German gentleman whom I had formerly met at dinner. He has kindly invited me to pass a week with him at his house on the banks of the Rhine, and I have accepted his invitation. I talked with Foelix of Judge Story. He told me that there was no lawyer in France equal to him, though there were some in Germany. I was astonished when he further told me that the Bibliotheque du Roi did not contain all the books cited in the ‘Conflict of Laws;’ and that, of the thousand lawyers at Paris, there were nine hundred and ninety-nine who did not even know of the existence of all these books. Thus has Judge Story beaten them on their own ground. After this, talked with regard to the rules for admission to the bar; and also about several of the law-writers and professors. Foelix thought the greater part of the books of the present day were absolutely good for nothing. He excepted Toullier3 and Pardessus;4 but Duranton5 and his twenty volumes he abused heartily, characterizing him as

1 David B. Warden, M. D., was born in Ireland, in 1778, and died, in 1845, in Paris, where he had resided as Consul of the United States for forty years. He wrote upon the ‘Faculties and Literature of Negroes’ and ‘Consular Establishments,’ and was the author of miscellaneous papers on America.

2 Francois Julien Oudot, 1804-1864.

3 1752-1835; author of a work in fourteen volumes on ‘The French Civil Law according to the Order of the Code Napoleon.’

4 Jean Marie Pardessus, 1772-1853. His works on commercial and maritime law are of high authority. He took the chair of Commercial Law when it was established, in 1810. He was in the Corps Legislatif from 1807 to 1811, and again from 1820 to 1830. He remained loyal to the Bourbons after the Revolution of 1830, and was then deprived of his professorship.

5 Alexandre Duranton, 1783-1866; author of a treatise on Contracts, and also of Commentaries on the Code Civil, in twenty-two volumes, entitled, Cours de Droit Francais suivant le Code Civil.

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