March 29. Beautiful day; called again at Crawford's; his wife told me that he had expressed a desire to see me. The diseased eye was covered with a shade; but the other eye and his face looked well. The fatal disease seems, however, daily to assert its power, and has already touched the brain. I held his hand, and expressed my fervent good wishes, and then after a few minutes left. I was told that it would not do to stay long. Before he came into the room, his faithful Italian servant, when I told him I was a friend of Crawford for eighteen years, fell on his knees before me, and poured out his affection and his grief for his master. The whole visit moved me much. This beautiful genius seems to be drawing to its close.1 In the evening dined with Mr. Munroe, the banker;2 afterwards the Theatre Francais, to hear L'ami à la Campagne, a pleasant piece. March 30. Drove with Mr.Emerson and Mrs. George B. Emerson3 to the museum of porcelain at Sevres, which was interesting. Dined with them, and then with Mr. Emerson went to the French opera, where “La Favorita” was played. Of course the show was fine; but I have heard the chief parts sung with more effect in Boston by an Italian company. March 31. Rain and unpleasant weather. Dined with Mr.Greene and Mrs. Greene at their lodgings, beyond the Luxembourg. Received to-day an interesting call from the Comte de Circourt.4 April 1. Visited the Gobelins; dined at the Cafe Anglais; passed an hour at the reception of Mrs. F. Brooks in the evening; afterwards went to the reception of the Comte de Colonna Walewski, Minister for Foreign Affairs. The hotel was splendid, and the company elegant. His resemblance to his father is marked,5 his manners cordial and distinguished. I made haste to speak of M. Boileau, the French secretary at Washington, and to commend him warmly. The minister coolly said that he had married a woman without fortune, and therefore could not await the slow course of his diplomatic career;6 he was to pass into the consular, and could not repass. This was because of his marriage! April 2. Some time this morning at the reception of the Comtesse de Circourt; dined at Very's, Palais Royal; afterwards, at the Vaudeville, heard a piece which has a great run,—the “Faux Bons Hommes.” The acting was spirited and natural. April 4. Still suffering from my cold, and stayed at home all day till evening. M. de Tocqueville called. His conversation was quite interesting. He did not disguise his opposition to the government. Alluding to Walewski, De Morny,7 and the emperor,8 he said that it was “gouvernement de batards.”
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1 He died October 10 of the same year.
2 Fellow-passenger in December. 1837. Ante, vol. i. p. 215.
5 1810-1868. Reputed son of Napoleon I., and minister of foreign affairs, 1855-1860.
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