There was no disposition, he said, to prevent the writing of books or even of reviews, because these could not reach the workshops; but the daily press was under a close censorship. His own recent work was just passing to the third edition. He did not like Lamartine; in his opinion he had done much harm by precipitating the republic, which was the cause of the existing state of things. In his opinion Theirs is not a great writer; in style Louis Blanc is brilliant. He spoke most kindly and respectfully of George. In the evening, though still unwell, went to a dinner of the Societe daEconomie Politique.1 First called on Michel Chevalier, who was to take me, and whose appearance is not prepossessing to me. About thirty-five persons were at the table. I was placed at the right of the president. On the other side was a gentleman who mentioned at once that he was a friend of George, and before we parted gave me his card,—Comte de Kergorlay,2 a member of the legislative body. After the dinner, which was very simple, the Society proceeded to consider several topics of political economy, and then, particularly at the suggestion of M. Passy, an ,old Minister of Finance, began to interrogate me. Professor Mohl3 of Germany, who has just produced a remarkable work on public law, was another guest. In the course of the dinner I was led to think, from something which fell from the president and his neighbor, a judge of the Court of Cassation, that they were not in favor of the existing state of things. I then made bold to inquire how many of the Society were on this side. To my astonishment, after carefully surveying the company, they replied that Michel Chevalier alone, and perhaps my next neighbor the Comte de Kergorlay, un petit peu, were for the existing state of things. This confirmed a remark which I have repeatedly heard, that the intelligence of the country is against the emperor. April 5. Stayed at home till evening, still troubled with my cold. Dined with Appleton pleasantly; then drove to Michel Chevalier, who received quite en grand seigneur. His principal room was hung with choice pictures bought from the pillage of the Tuileries in 1848. I liked him much better than at first, and his wife seemed quite pleasant. From there I went to the Waterstons, who had invited a few friends at their hotel, among whom was Madame Laugel4 and her French husband. I have not seen her since she stood with her mother at the antislavery fairs in Boston. April 6. Michel Chevalier called to-day, and invited me to dine this evening. Dinner pleasant; nobody present but himself and wife, a prefect, and a judge. From there went to the Comtesse de Circourt's, where was a pleasant company.
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1 At Restaurant Donin, Palais Royal.
3 Robert Mohl (1799-1875). Sumner wrote to Chevalier, in accepting an invitation to drive with him and Professor Mohl to the dinner: ‘I am not a stranger to the writings of Professor Mohl, who was once of Tubingen. His appreciation of the history and institutions of my country is marvellous, beginning with his labors twenty years ago, and showing itself in his late masterly work on public law, which I trust soon to see finished. The dinner to which you invite me has an additional attraction in his promised presence.’
4 Daughter of Mrs. Maria Weston Chapman. （Ante, vol. II. pp. 189, 195, 238, 260.) Her husband, Auguste Laugel (1830–), has been the secretary of the Duc d'aumale, and is distinguished as a writer on literature and politics.
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