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In the afternoon visited the Anatomical Museum and the dissecting rooms. In these rooms are about fifty subjects constantly, presenting the amplest opportunities for the student. There were five different rooms, in each of which were twelve iron tables; and each, in the two rooms which I entered, had one or more subjects. With gladness did I drink a long draught of fresh air when I passed from these shambles of death; the air within was worse than that of a tomb.

In the evening dined with Mr. Cass,1 at 17 Avenue Matignon. Mrs. Cass did not appear at table, being ill. The company consisted of about fifteen or sixteen; and among them the Mexican ambassador and an Englishman with a title, and a star on his coat, whose name I did not catch. The table was splendid, and the attendance perfect; servants in smallclothes constantly supplying you with some new luxury. I sat next to the lady of ‘Milord English,’ and found her good-natured rather than sensible or informed; a far superior lady from the South of my own country was on my other side. This being the evening of the soirees of General Cass, I stayed after dinner for that. I should say that all left the table together, and gentlemen did not linger behind to drink wine and tell stories, or discuss politics. Of course, much less wine was drunk than at an American table; though there was offered some of almost every kind. General Cass's Hotel is furnished sumptuously. On entering, your name is received by a servant, who announces it. We were received in a small salon, to reach which we passed through, besides the antechamber, a billiard room, and a large and splendid salon; the dinner was in yet another salle. In the evening company was received in both the salons. Mr. Cass is a man of large private fortune, and is said to live in a style superior to that of any minister ever sent by America.

Feb. 16. In the morning before breakfast visited the wards of Dubois2 in the Hospice de la Faculte. These are devoted to accouchements. Dubois appeared an admirable man for this duty. He was mild, attentive, and I should think quite intelligent and experienced. After the progress had been made through the wards, he delivered a clinical lecture on some of the cases which had passed under observation. As a lecturer he was good. The day being rainy, I stayed in the house the remainder of the time.

Feb. 17. This morning again followed Dubois in his wards; and also Jules Cloquet3 in some of his. He is a surgeon of considerable eminence, and an author. He appeared to be rather a young man for his position, say thirty-five; but he must be older. After he had gone through his wards, he repaired to the lecture room; where, in presence of the students, he gave gratuitous advice to Malades who presented themselves. In the afternoon

1 Lewis Cass, 1782-1866; afterwards United States Senator and Secretary of State.

2 Baron Paul Antoine Dubois, 1795-1871; celebrated both in the practice and teaching of his profession, and as a writer upon obstetrics. He was accoucheur to the Empress Eugenie at the birth of the Prince Imperial.

3 Baron Jules Germain Cloquet, 1790-. He succeeded in 1831 to the chair of Clinical Surgery. He was the author of a treatise on ‘Human Anatomy,’ and the inventor of surgical instruments. He published ‘Recollections of Lafayette.’

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