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Americans on Paris.--Mrs. Anna Cora Ritchie and Mrs. General Scott.

--A Paris correspondent of the London Star, writing under date of September 28. communicates the following:

Among the Northerners now in Paris is the wife of Lieutenant General Scott. She had a very narrow escape of being among the passengers in the Great Eastern, when that steamer met with its latest and most serious accident. Her passage was actually taken, and she was on the eve of setting out, when an American gentleman, whom General Scott had requested to come all the way from New York to be her escort over the Atlantic, arrived at Paris, and, having some matters to arrange here, which would cause a delay of two or three days, she was obliged to defer her voyage for a few days, and has not since been able to leave Paris. Mrs. Scott is in a very delicate state of health, and quite a martyr to nervousness. She is not able to read the newspapers till some friend looks over them, assures her that there are no evil tidings from the North, and that nothing has happened to any member of her family, of which her husband is not the only one who has taken up arms in defence of the Federation.

Close to the house in which Mrs. Scott is staying lives another American lady, of some celebrity in her country--Mrs. Ritchie, who is better known as Mrs. Anna Cora Mowall. This lady, who is of Northern birth and education, retired from the stage on her second marriage with a wealthy Southern planter. She is still remarkably pretty, as well as peculiarity fascinating in her manners and although past middle age, does not look a day older than she did fourteen years ago; nor is the slightest taken of advancing years to be seen in her hair, which still preserves the beautifully burnished look, and would be remarkably luxurious even for a young girl.--There are also some near relation of Gen. Johnston among the Americans here, who, however, are not less anti-slavery than any of the Beecher family.

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