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[119] affairs of the Duke de Bordeaux, or Henry V., as they of course call him. The government is wise enough not to notice this sort of sincere and honest treason; and lately, therefore, when a violent Carlist was reproaching the reigning family with un esprit vraiment perse-cuteur, Mad. de Pastoret said, in her gentle and beautiful, but decided manner, ‘Je crois, Monsieur, que nous sommes une forte preuve du contraire de tout cela’

Mad. de Pastoret has the distinguished honor of being the first person to imagine and establish an infant school, and she told me tonight that she had lived long enough to see the grandchildren of her first objects of charity coming daily to receive its benefits, with—in several instances — the same matrons to take care of them. Until lately she was the Lady President of these institutions in France; but this year the Ministry thought fit–perhaps wisely–to put them under the protection and control of the University, and as she said to-night, ‘the wife of M. de Pastoret could not with propriety enter into relations with the Minister of Public Instruction’; so that she resigned her place, without, however, giving up her interest or diminishing her real exertions in the cause. I was delighted to see her again, and to find her still, though nearly seventy-five years old, so full of the talent, gentleness, and practical wisdom that have always marked her character. Among other little things I learnt from her to-night is the fact that ‘de Fleury’ is not an invented name, but the name of an estate belonging to her, and taken as such by Miss Edgeworth, whom she knows, personally, extremely well.

After spending an hour with her I went to Guizot's and spent another. His modest rooms were full of peers and deputies, of whom I think an hundred, at least, were there at different times while I stayed; among them were Decazes,1 Lamartine, and nearly all the principal Doctrinaires. . . . .

December 27.—We spent three or four hours this morning at the meeting of the class of Moral Sciences of the Institute. It was their annual meeting, and their fine rotunda was filled with a fashionable audience of gentlemen and ladies. The members of the class of Moral Sciences were there in their uniform, the other Academicians in their common dress. It was a goodly show, and a dignified one. The president announced the prizes for the next year, and then gave, with very little ceremony, a medal of fifteen hundred francs to a young man named Barthelemy de St. Hilaire for a dissertation on the Organon of Aristotle. After this Mignet read, for above an hour, an éloge and


1 See Vol. I. p. 253 et seq.

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