Theatre des Jeunes Éleves, in the Passage Choiseul. I believe all or the greater part of the actors were boys and girls. I was so fatigued after my walks that I did not stay long. March 28. Again walked; penetrated beyond the Barriere du Combat1 to the Boyauderie, so called, where is deposited all the filth of Paris. Dined with Foelix, where I met M. West, an avocat, and his collaborateur in his Review. I spent a long evening, during which I learned much of the studies and duties of avocats, and of the practice of courts. Indeed, the object of our meeting to-day was to converse on these subjects. March 29. Saw the beautiful exhibition of Sevres porcelain. In the evening went to the Italian Opera. The Opera was I Puritani; the music was certainly delicious, but I am not competent to admire it according to its merits. March 30. This evening attended a meeting of the Societe de Geographie, at which M. Guizot did not preside as expected. The meeting was in one of the halls of the Hotel de Ville. Some old gentlemen sat round a desk, and read reports and papers, while spectators or humbler members of the society sat on benches. The meeting was dull enough, and I left about ten o'clock, while a gentleman was in the midst of reading a fragment of his travels in Bolivia.
To Judge Story, Cambridge.
Paris, March 30, 1838.my dear Judge,—. . . I have made the French language a study with all the assistance I could derive from French masters. With these I have been extravagant, having had two almost all the time I have been here. What is worth doing is worth well doing, and I wish to obtain such a knowledge of French as to be able to preserve it all my life, and also to use it as a medium of intercourse in Germany. I have now heard almost all the lectures of the metropolis; perhaps I have attended one hundred and fifty,—no small labor. Of the manner and character of the professors I must write you at large. At present I am attending the courts. Indeed, a French court is a laughable place. To me it is a theatre, and all the judges, advocates, and parties ‘merely players.’ In those particulars in which they have borrowed from the English law, they have got hold of about half of the English principle and forgotten the rest. Thus, they have juries. These they imported from England; but with them none of the regulations by which the purity of our verdicts is secured. The jury, with a capital case in their hands disperse and mingle among the citizens. [Here follows a description of the criminal trial at Versailles, already given in the Journal.] In answer to the interrogatories of the judge, the prisoner gave a detailed account of the whole affair, of his connection with the girl, and their mutual agreement to kill each other, and of the unfortunate result. One would think